"How the Brain Perceives and Remembers a New Place"

Surprising discovery #1: We remember where, but not what

It turned out that the subjects had an easier time remembering where things were placed than exactly what things were placed in each location.

“In the most extreme cases, the subject could remember the position pattern of the landmarks exactly, without remembering which landmarks were located where. Our brain is pretty set on remembering the positions of landmarks,” says Evensmoen.

The analyses of the data from the MRI scan showed that remembering positions and remembering objects associated with the positions are represented in two different but synchronized networks in the brain.

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Also interesting is the role of the Hypothalamus in memory:

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