Memory

A note for Lesson no. 2, "Your Brain Is a Network," in Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett.
Some context from page 37‌ is:

Anytime you learn something—a new friend’s name or an interesting fact from the news—the experience becomes encoded in your wiring so you can remember it, and over time, these encodings can change that wiring.

I wrote that experiences become encoded in your wiring so that you can learn them and later remember them. Memories are not stored and retrieved like computer files. Your brain constructs each memory anew by assembling bits and pieces of past experience in the neurons of your brain. This is a large and vibrant area of research, but an accessible and enjoyable book on memory is Schacter (1996).[1] It's an older book, but still very relevant.


References

  1. Schacter, Daniel L. 1996. Searching For Memory: The Brain, The Mind, And The Past. New York: Basic Books.