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A Place for Memories

  • Published18 Jul 2018
  • Reviewed18 Jul 2018
  • Author Michael W. Richardson
  • Source BrainFacts/SfN

image of a mouse hippocampus
Taguchi et al. The Journal of Neuroscience, 2017.

This is the hippocampus. Though this particular one belongs to a mouse, it is one of the key brain structures for most vertebrates. It controls your memory, including both short- and long-term memories. It also houses the place cells that allow you to understand and navigate your surroundings. The yellow spots on this image are α-synuclein, a little-understood protein that is a major component of Lewy bodies, associated with Parkinson’s disease.

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