for the birds

Dick Burger burger at sphinx.ece.wisc.edu
Wed Nov 16 23:52:31 EST 1994


Interesting article in the NY Times Science section this week.   Apparently 
chicadee birds grow additional cells in the hippocampus during the fall when 
they are hiding food for winter storage, the theory being that they need
additional memory to remember the numerous places where they stash the 
goodies.   
Since new neurons are created rather than just making more synapsis, the 
study suggests that the neuron rather than the synapse might be the basic 
unit of memory.   

DB



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