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Research on How Memory Works
In this New York TimesOp-Ed article, Benedict Carey reports on recent brain research on contextual memory – the thoughts and emotions surrounding everything we learn. “Just as the taste of a cookie and tea can start a cascade of childhood memories,” he says, “so a recalled bit of history homework can bring to mind a math problem – or a new dessert – from that same night.”
research suggests that memory is like a “streaming video that is bookmarked, both consciously and subconsciously, by facts, scenes, characters, and thoughts,” in effect time-stamping new information. People asked to memorize a list of words and then recall them found they could remember the word just before and after the word they named, and the brain signals recorded by the scientists looked almost identical with these associated words. “When you activate one memory,” says University of Pennsylvania neuroscientist Michael Kahana, “you are reactivating a little bit of what was happening around the time the memory was formed, and this process is what gives you that feeling of time travel.”

“The Then and Now of Memory” by Benedict Carey in The New York Times, July 5, 2011 (p. D4), __http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/05/health/05memory.html__

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