Mar 1, 2015

Where does a memory begin?

The hippocampus is the brain's warehouse for long- and short-term processing of episodic memories, such as memories of a specific experience ...

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Where does a memory begin? | Alzheimer's Reading Room

The hippocampus is the first area of the brain affected by Alzheimer's disease.

By Alzheimer's Reading Room
Excerpt from the article.
The hippocampus is the brain's warehouse for long- and short-term processing of episodic memories, such as memories of a specific experience like a trip to Maine or a recent dinner. What no one knew was what happens in the hippocampus the moment an experience imprints itself as a memory.

"There are strong indications that humans and rats share the same spatial mapping functions of the hippocampus, and that these maps are intimately related to how we organize and store our memories of prior life events," Knierim said. "Since the hippocampus and surrounding brain areas are the first parts of the brain affected in Alzheimer's, we think that these studies may lend some insight into the severe memory loss that characterizes the early stages of this disease."

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