Jul 24, 2023

New theory better explains how the brain stores memories

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How useful a memory is for future situations determines where it resides in the brain, according to a new theory proposed by researchers at HHMI’s Janelia Research Campus and collaborators at UCL.

The theory, published in Nature Neuroscience, offers a new way of understanding systems consolidation, a process that transfers certain memories from the —where they are initially stored—to the neocortex—where they reside long-term.

Under the classical view of systems consolidation, all memories move from the hippocampus to the neocortex over time. But this view doesn’t always hold up; research shows some memories permanently reside in the hippocampus and are never transferred to the neocortex.

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