How One Memory Attaches to Another
A technical revolution provides insight into how the brain links memories, a process critical for understanding and organizing the world around us
Our memories depend on our ability to recall details about the world—a child’s face, a goose, a lake. To transform them into actual experiences, though, the brain must somehow merge these individual elements into an integrated whole—the look on that child’s face when she sees a flock of geese suddenly take flight from a lakeside stand of reeds.
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