Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Advances in Memory Research Hold Promise

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Advances in Memory Research Hold Promise

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Dear Doctor K: How do we make memories, where do our brains store them, and when we lose them, do we lose them forever?

Dear Reader: Different areas of the brain process and store different aspects of a memory. Your memories are intricately broken down into pieces, stored in different places, but "cross- referenced" and thereby connected.

But how does a memory get made and filed away?

Stage 1: Acquisition. When you learn new information, it first gets stored in short-term memory. This occurs primarily in a part of the brain called the hippocampus, deep inside the brain. Most short- term memories quickly fade.

Stage 2: Consolidation. For short-term memory to become long- term memory, the initial neuronal pathways must be strengthened. …

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