Content originally from Medical Research Council
Researchers have identified how cells in our brains work together to join up memories of separate experiences, allowing us to make educated guesses in everyday life.
By studying both human and mouse brain activity, they report that this process happens in a region of the brain called the hippocampus.
The study, published in the scientific journal ‘Cell’, also reveals that brain cells can link different memories while we are resting or sleeping, a process that may be important in creativity.
The research was funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC), part of UKRI, and Wellcome, and was carried out at the MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit at the University of Oxford, by Dr Helen Barron and Dr David Dupret.