When you go on vacation or meet a new love interest, your brain stores that event as a short-term memory. For decades, neuroscientists believed that your brain eventually transferred those short-term memories into another part of the brain responsible for long-term storage, enabling you to recall them years later. In 2017, MIT neuroscientist Susumu Tonegawa and his colleagues made a startling discovery: Short-term memories don't turn into long-term memories. Instead, they're both formed at the exact same time.
Written by Ashley Hamer March 8, 2018
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