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Memories: Learning, remembering, (not) forgetting

By: Margaret O’Connor, PhD, ABPP, Contributor For 30 years, I have talked to people about their memories and, as a neuropsychologist interested in amnesia, I am very interested in brain areas that mediate learning and forgetting. How memories work A core brain structure for memory is the hippocampus. The hippocampus (the Greek word for seahorse) is shaped like its namesake. It plays a key role in the consolidation of new memories and…

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