Remember that night when you and your friends had an awesome time? That memory resides somewhere in your brain, and in your friends’ brains. Researchers have long sought to locate the physical traces of our memories, called engrams. A combination of molecular techniques in mice and imaging studies in humans is finally starting to reveal where our memories are stored and the processes involved in retrieving them. getAbstract recommends “Portrait of a Memory” to anyone who has gone through a communal experience and then marveled at how different people’s recollection of the same event can be.
In this summary, you will learn
- How current techniques can reveal the physical location of memories in the brain,
- Why recollection is related to memory formation, and
- How brains are organized similarly, even among people who remember things differently.
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Helen Shen is a science journalist based in Sunnyvale, California.