Memory, Novelty and Prior Knowledge

Guillén Fernández, Richard G M Morris

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Over the 40 years that TINS has been in existence, there has been substantial progress in understanding the types, organisation, and neural mechanisms of memory. The selectivity of memory maintenance and retention remains a puzzle, and we here summarise two contributions of our own research to this enigma: the striking impact of the novelty and surprise often of other events happening around the time that a new memory is encoded and how activated prior knowledge guides the updating process that characterises aspects of memory consolidation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)654-659
Number of pages6
JournalTrends in Neurosciences
Issue number10
Early online date25 Sep 2018
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018


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