September 11, 2015

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Memory is something very complex and hard to understand. Scientists don’t really know how it works. They understand the hyppocampus – a part of our brains – is responsible for receiving all information you process: things you read, hear, feel and see. There, it’s is ‘coded’ as memory – but how does this happen, and where is memory ‘stored’? These are some questions scientists can’t answer

Family genes play an important role here, but genes alone can’t explain why some people remember things while others don’t. Genes? Environment? Nobody knows. All that scientists know is that memory – and learning – can actually change your brain: the number of connections between your neurons increases when you learn something

This means that, each time you learn something new, your brain changes physically: if you use a specific device that allows you to ‘see’ your brain, you’ll see a bigger number of fine ‘paths’ connecting your neurons (in the picture you can see little lights indicating the information moving from one neuron to another through thin blue ‘paths’). That’s why we actually need to practice remembering things in order to improve our memories!

 

* Wanna read more? We will study how memory works at Pathways 2 Unit 5

* This article will continue and you’ll soon learn about Gianni Goldfera (the ‘Memory Man’) here at Enjoy Platform

rubber-duckMemory is a mystery, don’t forget it…Quack!
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