Aryeh Routtenberg, studied mechanisms behind memory, dies at 76

Aryeh Routtenberg was a noted professor of psychology and neurobiology at Northwestern University who focused on understanding how the nervous system stores long-term memories. Routtenberg, 76, of Highland Park, died Feb. 27 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Evanston of pneumonia and end-stage renal disease, said Rita Murphy, his partner of 30 years. Routtenberg studied the molecular basis of memory and the mechanisms of how synapses change during learning. He produced several hundred peer-reviewed papers and was in demand on the learning and memory lecture circuit, both nationally and internationally. Notably, he researched and authored a pair of papers in Psychology Review that at the time were considered groundbreaking in the field of neuroscience. “His research centered on molecular binding, as in what is actually being changed in an animal when…

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