Long-Term Memories a Matter of Order, Not Just Repetition

The formation of long-term memories relies on intrinsic neurological learning processes and the repetition of events. New York University’s Nikolay V. Kukushkin, the lead author of the study, says the effects of repeated events interact in more nuanced ways and have distinct roles in working to form long term memories. The researchers studied Aplysia californica, the California sea slug, the model organism for this type of research because its simple memories are well understood at the molecular and cellular level. The scientists used different variations of the training procedure—alterations that differentially affected memory depending on the pattern of stimulation.

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