Does the brain rewrite memories?

A multi-colored image of a brain for imaging research. Researchers from Northwestern University released a study showing that the memories can adapt. Scientists used a functional MRI and eye tracking as part of their research.

A multi-colored image of a brain for imaging research. Researchers from Northwestern University released a study showing that the memories can adapt. Scientists used a functional MRI and eye tracking as part of their research.

Memories are not picture perfect. The brain can rewrite old memories to update them with new experiences and information, according to a new study by Northwestern University scientists. The study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, monitored 17 participants using three different tools: behavioral measures, a functional MRI and eye-movement tracking. Despite the number of participants appearing small, the researchers said it is a statistically robust study.

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