Aug 14, 2015

Brain network recognizes what’s new, what’s familiar

Research from Washington University in St. Louis has identified a novel learning and memory brain network that processes incoming information based on whether it’s something we’ve experienced previously or is deemed to be altogether new and unknown.

Brain network recognizes what’s new, what’s familiar

For example, this helps us recognize whether the face before us is that of a familiar friend or a complete stranger.

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One of the more heartbreaking realities of Alzheimer’s occurs when a loved one struggling with the disease no longer fully recognizes a family member or close friend who is caring for them.

Read and learn more about this newly discovered brain network that plays an important role in memory and learning.

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