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Your brain is responsible for controlling most of your body’s activities. Its information processing capabilities are what allow you to learn, and it is the central repository of your memories. But how is memory formed, and where is it located in the brain?

Although neuroscientists have identified different regions of the brain where memories are stored, such as the hippocampus in the middle of the brain, the neocortex in the top layer of the brain and the cerebellum at the base of the skull, they have yet to identify the specific molecular structures within those areas involved in memory and learning.

Research from three UT scientists — John Katsaras, professor of physics and senior scientist at Oak Ridge National Lab; Dima Bolmatov, research assistant professor of physics; and Charles Patrick Collier, associate professor of mechanical, aerospace and biomedical engineering at UT with a joint appointment at ORNL — suggests that memory might be located in the membranes of neurons. Read the full article on The Conversation.

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