|MadSci Network: Neuroscience|
Re: How does the brain store memory and what is its capacity? http://www.madsci.org/posts/archives/nov99/941683098.Ns.r.html Re: Is there a limit to how much we can learn? http://www.madsci.org/posts/archives/aug97/866474054.Ns.r.html Hi. The two responses above should partially answer your question, Gagnon. Basically, the more you use a piece of information and the more details you know about something, the more likely you are to remember it. But sometimes you may recall an emotional event that happened to you in childhood and that's because a structure in the brain, called the amygdala, facilitates the storage of such memories. It's not clear where the brain stores the memories but the hippocampus seems to play an important role in storing memories, especially spatial memories. In response to your last questions, I should mention that recent evidence suggests that some neurons do divide in the brain of an adult. This is a hot area of research and if scientists learn how to force the process, we may be close to curing Alzheimer's and other similar diseases. You should also check out the following responses. Re: Can a person listen to music and study at the same time? http://www.madsci.org/posts/archives/mar98/889467626.Ns.r.html Re: Does music affect short term memory? http://www.madsci.org/posts/archives/dec97/876784966.Ot.r.html And lastly here's the link to my site where you can visit Pubmed for medical articles or write your opinion on my discussion board. http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Troy/7063 Arash E. Cellular Biology and Genetics (minor in psychology) UBC
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