Do you remember your daily commute? Most likely you have a knowledge of what way you should go to drive for work. But can you recall all the other things that you see along the way?
That probably have happened to everyone: You were really tired after busy, working day. Then you get in your car to drive home. A moment later you came around and realized you have driven all the way to your destination without really noticing it.
According to recent studies, your brain takes the decision what information should be stored and what information shouldn't. That is the reason why your brain always remember the “big picture”, instead of small, insignificant details. This brain phenomenon was explored by a neuroscientist and associate professor of psychology at New York University, Lila Davachi. A professor and her team conducted a study to explore brain functions and how it works.
They showed subjects images of four scenes — a beach, a jungle, a city or a bedroom. When they scanned the brain of each participant at the beginning, they understood that the brain matched objects from pictures with places, where they have been before, which is a distinguishing attribute of how an individual memorizes a particular event.
But after one week, the patterns have changed in the brain’s hippocampus and its medial prefrontal cortex. It means that the brain had learned the information according to their similar elements. The experiment showed that the brain is responsible for absorbing concrete memories into broader knowledge.
When participants have been tested one week later, their medial prefrontal cortex was especially active. Scientists were not expected to find out that the hippocampus intensively re-encoded memories as they were received and strengthen them into the brain’s larger body of knowledge.
This new study shows that each type of activities, separated by topic, is encoded by the same neuron patterns as little details, which disappear for a common understanding. This study confirmed that the brain chooses to remember an “overall picture”, instead of noticing small, unnecessary details.
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