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How Does the Brain Create Memories?

How an Incredible Memory Helps Birds Survive the Winter

Step aside, elephants: When it comes to never forgetting, a little bird called the chickadee takes the cake. In this animation, discover the astounding memory these birds have for recalling food hiding spots during the long, cold winter.


Dmitriy Aronov, PhD, and his lab members are one of the few groups of scientists investigating how these birds store memories in the lab. The researchers hope to understand what a memory looks like in the brain and lay the foundations for new approaches to treating neurodegenerative disorders.


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