Brain Edits Memory

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Researchers at Northwestern University say your brain acts like an editing suite, editing old memories based on current circumstances.

     

     Researchers at Northwestern University say that our brains act like an editing suite, cutting and splicing past events based on present circumstances. Researchers studied subjects via MRi as they were administered memory tests that simulated the creation of past and present memories and their interaction.  They found that the editing happens in the hippocampus and that participants often edited their original memories based on new circumstances, keeping their memory up-to-date.  Researchers said this makes the idea of a “perfect memory” nothing more than a myth.