Memory leaks: information shared across memory systems

Robertson, E. M. (2022) Memory leaks: information shared across memory systems. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, (doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2022.03.010) (PMID:35466045) (Early Online Publication)

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The brain is highly segregated. Multiple mechanisms ensure that different types of memories are processed independently. Nonetheless, information leaks out across these memory systems. Only recently has the diversity of these leaks been revealed. Different memory types (skills vs. facts) can interact in simple ways, either allowing or preventing their further processing, or in more complex ways, allowing the sharing of abstract information between memories. Leaks occur from memories dependent upon hippocampal circuits, which have properties critical for leaks and activity patterns related to memory interactions. This hippocampal contribution is likely achieved in concert with cortical areas. Leaks between memories enable the application of knowledge in novel situations, explain learning dynamics, and solve important problems inherent to memory formation.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Early Online Publication
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Robertson, Professor Edwin
Authors: Robertson, E. M.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Psychology & Neuroscience
Journal Name:Trends in Cognitive Sciences
Publisher:Elsevier (Cell Press)
ISSN (Online):1879-307X
Published Online:21 April 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 Elsevier Ltd.
First Published:First published in Trends in Cognitive Sciences 2022
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
306968Modulating sleep with learning to enhance learningEdwin RobertsonLeverhulme Trust (LEVERHUL)RPG-2020-124Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging