Mysteries of Memory

Mysteries of Memory - Mysteries of Memory New research explores how the brain records and then recalls events Jeneen Interlandi NEWSWEEK Updated

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Mysteries of Memory New research explores how the brain records and then recalls events. Jeneen Interlandi NEWSWEEK Updated 1.55 PM ET Sep 13 2008 Think about yesterday's lunch and a variety of details may leap to mind, each of them employing a different section of your brain. The olfactory system calls up what the meal smelled like, while the visual cortex retrieves images of the restaurant you ate in and the temporal lobe recalls the sound of your waitress's voice. Scientists have long suspected that every recollection-from the mundane to the momentous-ignites a distinct pattern of neurons. But for decades, they have struggled to understand how the brain assembles such disparate elements into a single coherent memory one that can be retrieved Intact. spontaneously or on demand. hours, days or even years after the fact. "It's not like a tape recorder where you store it all on one cassette," says Lynn Nadel, a neuroscientist at the University of Arizona in Tucson. "There's more than one PLAY button to hit." It's no trivial matter. One of the most devastating effects of dementia and Alzheimer's disease
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Mysteries of Memory - Mysteries of Memory New research explores how the brain records and then recalls events Jeneen Interlandi NEWSWEEK Updated

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