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Single Idea 7513

[catalogued under 12. Knowledge Sources / E. Direct Knowledge / 4. Memory]

Full Idea

Are memories stored in protein sequences, in new neurons or synapses, or in changes in the strength of existing synapses?

Gist of Idea

Is memory stored in protein sequences, neurons, synapses, or synapse-strengths?


Steven Pinker (The Blank Slate [2002], Ch.5)

Book Reference

Pinker,Steven: 'The Blank Slate' [Penguin 2003], p.86

A Reaction

This seems to be a neat summary of current neuroscientific thinking about memory. If you are thinking that memory couldn't possibly be so physical, don't forget the mind-boggling number of events involved in each tiny memory. See Idea 6668.

Related Idea

Idea 6668 If the present does not exist, then consciousness must be memory of the immediate past [Marshall]