The Brain ‘Rotates’ Memories to Save Them From New Sensations

Some groups of neurons process sensory data and memories at the same time. New work shows how the brain pivots those representations to prevent interference.

During every waking moment, we humans and other animals have to balance on the edge of our awareness of past and present. We must absorb new sensory information about the world around us while holding on to short-term memories of earlier observations or events. Our ability to make sense of our surroundings, to learn, to act, and to think all depend on constant, nimble interactions between perception and memory.

Original story reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine, an editorially independent publication of the Simons Foundation

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