Genetics of memory
Ostrowski, Daniela Department of Biological Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri.
Zars, Troy Department of Biological Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri.
- Conceptualization of different memory types
- Genes important for memory
- Links to Primary Literature
Most people have had the experience of almost but not quite remembering the name of a person that they have met, or knowing they have studied a topic but not remembering it well enough to answer that one last nagging question on the final exam. Since most of the time we move fluidly from idea to idea, it is most evident that there are memories when we realize that we should know an answer, but it is just not there. Therefore, how do we form memories? The main issue addressed here is how experience sometimes gives rise to a memory. Introspection also gives the inkling that not all memories are the same (that is, remembering a telephone number for a few seconds is probably not the same as remembering the funeral of a favorite uncle). Thus, the next problem is how can we organize or conceptualize different sorts of memories. Finally, can we make some sense of the genes in the human genome that make it possible for us to learn and remember the many varied events that are experienced from day to day?
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