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There are 10 comments on The Right Memory at the Right Time

  1. If the prefrontal cortex is permanently disabled, can the brain compensate for that by performing that portion of the brain’s function in another area?

  2. You would think that in this day and age we would know the exact biological mechanism for memory storage and retrieval. The fact that top scientists are still hypothesising and guessing what is happening leads me to think we may be barking up the wrong tree. Imagine a day when history mocks us for our belief that memory was stored in the brain. We have no proof that the brain has any processing power at all. For all we know the brain is simply a biological antenna that tunes into vibrations emmited by some universal conciousness.

    1. How about an idea that the brain is antenna that catch certain energy then fire according to its patterned paths, which then coded in the symbol (language or images).

    2. It would be the same as saying that the memories of a computer are not there, they are just tunning vibrations of our consciousness, it sounds illogical, right? The memories of the computer are there and the memories of our brain are also there, but neither of the two affirmations excludes the fact that the memories of the computer interact with us (like you using a specific program or chatting in a chatbot with an AI), as the same way our memories interacts with some other universal consciousness, assuming that there is one.
      We still have a lot to understand about brain functionality, but we also have made huge advances until now and, as a neuroscientist myself, I’m feel really motivated to keep finding all the logical paths in our system of memory, learning and reasoning :D

  3. Hello, I’m Melodie Marsh from Grand Blanc West Middle School. I’m in 8th grade and I’m doing a research project on memory and how it affects your life. Part of my research requires me to connect with a person who is knowledgeable about my topic. I have about a week and a half to get this information, and I would be willing to work around your schedule. Would answering a few of my questions in person, on the phone, or via email be something you might consider? My questions include:
    How does the brain know what memories to keep and what memories are not important to keep?
    How do memories affect your future and your behavior?
    How are memories made in your brain?
    Thank you,
    Melodie Marsh

  4. Still doesn’t explain what is actually happening when retrieving memories. Is it a matter of molecule transfer or is it electrical. When I access a memory I have not thought about for 20 years, what EXACTLY is going on?? – do electrical transmissions happen along nerve pathways or it it biochemical is what I want to know??

  5. I could not find the paper for this, I tried checking for this on nature but I think I might have sent the information wrong, and was wondering if someone who found this to please reply to this comment with the link so that I could read this

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