When you enter a room, your brain is bombarded with sensory information. If the room is a place you know well, most of this information is already stored in long-term memory. However, if the room [...]
Learning and memory are generally thought to be composed of three major steps: encoding events into the brain network, storing the encoded information, and later retrieving it for recall.
A new MIT study of the neural circuits that underlie this process reveals, for the first time, that memories are actually formed simultaneously in the hippocampus and the long-term storage [...]
Scientists have long believed that the central amygdala is linked with fear and responses to unpleasant events. However, a team of MIT neuroscientists has now discovered a circuit in the central [...]
Our emotional state is governed partly by a tiny brain structure known as the amygdala, which is responsible for processing positive emotions such as happiness, and negative ones such as fear and [...]
Mice have brain cells that are dedicated to storing memories of other mice, according to a new study from MIT neuroscientists. These cells, found in a region of the hippocampus known as the [...]
Most memories have some kind of emotional association: Recalling the week you just spent at the beach probably makes you feel happy, while reflecting on being bullied provokes more negative [...]
MIT neuroscientists map neural circuits involving the CA2 region of the hippocampus. The hippocampus is the region of the brain that is responsible for episodic memory. For decades, [...]
MIT study also pinpoints where the brain stores memory traces, both false and authentic. The phenomenon of false memory has been well-documented: In many court cases, defendants have been found [...]
Picower Institute neuroscientists use single dose of experimental drug; could prove promising for treatment of autism symptoms. Neuroscientists at MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory [...]
Simply activating a tiny number of neurons can conjure an entire memory. Our fond or fearful memories — that first kiss or a bump in the night — leave memory traces that we may conjure up in the [...]
Cambridge, Ma - Researchers at MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory report for the first time that neurons at different stages of their life cycles may perform two separate functions...
Cambridge, Ma - In the moments after lightning streaks through the sky, we wait for the clap of thunder that experience has...
Cambridge, Ma - Neuroscientists at MIT’s Picower Institute of Learning and Memory have uncovered why relatively minor details of...