How the brain builds place memories

Granual cells in the gyrus dentatus of a rat, seen through a fluorescent microscope (light blue). Credit: Burgalossi Lab Tübingen neuroscientists have succeeded in activating dormant memory cells in rats. Using weak electrical impulses targeted at previously inactive cells in the hippocampus, the researchers induced the cells to recognize the exact place where the impulse had been first administered. In rodents as well as humans, the hippocampus is the brain area responsible for memory. Therefore, the new study by researchers of the Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN) at the University of Tübingen offers insight into the question of how memories are formed within our brains. Their findings are published in Current Biology. Memory is one of the most important functions of our brain. Not only does it allow…


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