NYU Researchers Isolate Portion of the Brain Needed to Link Experiences in Forming Memories


New York University researchers have determined that the brain’s hippocampus is important for linking together individual elements of our experiences in order to form memories. Their study, which appears in the latest issue of the journal Neuron, helps to illuminate how something as complex as our memories arises out of a much more simple process of bridging gaps in experience. It may have implications for treating memory-related dysfunction arising from aging, Alzheimer’s Disease, or amnesia.

The brain's hippocampus plays a fundamental role in memory formation.
The brain's hippocampus plays a fundamental role in memory formation.

New York University researchers have determined that the brain’s hippocampus is important for linking together individual elements of our experiences in order to form memories. Their study, which appears in the latest issue of the journal Neuron, helps to illuminate how something as complex as our memories arises out of a much more simple process of bridging gaps in experience. It may have implications for treating memory-related dysfunction arising from aging, Alzheimer’s Disease, or amnesia.

In order to transform an experience into a memory, the individual, disparate elements of that experience that unfold across space and time need to be somehow linked into a singular memory. Researchers have previously determined that the brain’s hippocampus, which is located in the medi 500

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