Layman's question on the biology of Long-term memory.

James Teo james at teoth.fsnet.co.uk
Mon Apr 15 08:29:06 EST 2002


On Sat, 13 Apr 2002 02:44:58 +0000 (UTC), "Didier A. Depireux"
<didier at tango.isr.umd.edu> wrote:

>Odhinn <odhinn at hushmail.com> wrote:
>> I have gone through a good bit of material on the internet trying to
>> find the answer to this question:  Where does long-term memory reside
>> in the brain?  I know the neocortex has a function in forming them,
>
>Nobody knows, is the correct answer. The hippocampus is necessary for
>_making_ memories. That's just about the only thing we are pretty sure of.
>Where the memories are is unknown.

No, we're not. Well, maybe mostly. But there is a sizable community
who believe that the hippocampus is necesssary for sorting and
retrieval of memories rather than the making of memories.




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