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Shedding light on brain’s storage capacity and how memories are kept separate

Researchers have long wondered if there is an upper limit to our capacity to store memories and how we manage to remember so many events without mixing up events that are very similar.

[Many Memories, Many Rooms]
, daughter of 2014 Nobel Laureates May-Britt and , drew this picture of a house to illustrate how the method of loci works. If you wanted to remember the countries of South America, for example, you might imagine a seal playing a brass instrument in one room in your house to remember Brazil, and chili peppers in another room to remember Chile.
Credit: Image:Ailin Moser


Place cells in the hippocampus: Eleven maps for eleven rooms. , Chenglin Miao, Karel Jezek, , , May-Britt Moser. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 8 December 2014. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1421056111

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