Learning & Memory

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Recalling skills often depends on returning to your state of mind — or environment — where you first learned it.
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Genes and the environment converge powerfully during early sensitive windows of brain development to form the neural circuits underlying behavior. Although most neuronal cell death occurs in the embryo, the paring down of connections occurs in large part during critical periods in early postnatal life.
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From remembering a friend's face to figuring out where you left your keys, the act of memory has many dimensions.
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A major breakthrough in understanding how the brain accomplishes learning and memory began with the study of a person known by his initials, H.M.
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How exactly are memories stored in brain cells? After years of study, much evidence supports the idea that memory involves a persistent change in synapses, the connections between neurons.
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One of the most prominent human abilities is language, a complex system involving many components, including sensory-motor functions and memory systems.
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Molecules that are important in brain development may help treat or prevent brain injuries and disorders.
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Decision-making is such a seamless process we’re usually unaware of it — until our choice results in unexpected consequences. Then we wonder, “Why did I choose that option?”
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We are time surfers, riding a wave made of ephemeral moments toward a future of our own imagining.

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