The new discovery challenges our notions of memory formation

To date, science knows not all about how the brain works and memories are formed inside it. But every year, scientists step by step closer to the answers to many important questions. For example, it was previously assumed that the short-term memory is stored only in the hippocampus and then moved to a special region of the brain for long-term storage. But new studies show that scientists were wrong, and things are not quite so.

The new discovery challenges our notions of memory formation

A group of scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology during neural circuit research underlying the memory, made an unexpected discovery. The researchers found that memories are formed simultaneously in the hippocampus and in the cortex of the brain where memories are stored for a long time. Nevertheless, long-term memories in a couple of weeks left as if in "sleep" state, before reaching a mature state. As you already know, it is at odds with former scientists ideas about how the person remembering certain events.

"This discovery, shined in our article, scientists opens up a completely new mechanism of memory formation processes. Previously it was assumed that the formation of memories takes place in one place, and then the information is gradually transferred to another area of ​​the brain in the long-term storage, but it turned out to be much more interesting, "- shared with the press Susumu Tonegawa, author of the study and professor of neuroscience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The article contains a materials research Professor Tonegawa and his team was published in the journal Science on 6 April.