Your brain assembles these bits into memories

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A note for Lesson no. 4, "Your Brain Predicts (Almost) Everything You Do," in Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett.
Some context from page 66–67 is:

Your brain assembles these bits into memories to infer the meaning of the sense data and guess what to do about it.

The appendix adds:

The idea that your brain uses past experiences to give incoming sense data meaning is in some ways similar to immunologist and neuroscientist Gerald Edelman’s proposal...

The reference for this appendix entry is Edelman (1990).[1] But also see these references.[2][3]


  1. Edelman, Gerald. 1990. The Remembered Present: A Biological Theory of Consciousness. New York: Basic Books.
  2. Balasubramanian, Vijay. 2015. "Heterogeneity and Efficiency in the Brain." Proceedings of the IEEE, 103 (8): 1346–1358.
  3. Hutchinson, J. Benjamin, and Lisa Feldman Barrett. 2019. "The Power Of Predictions: An Emerging Paradigm For Psychological Research." Current Directions in Psychological Science 28 (3): 280–291.