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Memories aren't gone
Posted: Friday, February 7, 2020 11:21 AM
Joined: 2/17/2019
Posts: 380

A New Understanding of Memory

Among other things, the experiments outlined here  shine some light on the little understood process of memory.

 Memories, it seems, are not actually lost when forgotten. What is lost is access to the memory.

 Think of a secluded pool deep in the jungle, accessible by a single path cut through the forest.

  One morning you find the jungle has taken back the path; the trail is completely grown over and there is no indication that it was ever there.

 The pool still exists, but you can no longer get there. This in itself prompts some interesting considerations concerning our understanding of memory disorders including certain dementia.  If memories are in fact like the pool, then creating a new neural path to a lost memory can recover that memory.

Lane Simonian
Posted: Friday, February 7, 2020 2:00 PM
Joined: 12/12/2011
Posts: 5107

I like this analogy.  I have a similar one: a library where the books have no call numbers.  All the books are still there, but without the call numbers you cannot find them.