When Storing Memories, Brain Prioritizes Those Experiences That Are Most Rewarding

The brain’s ability to preserve memories lies at the heart of our basic human experience. But what is its mechanism to make sure we remember the most significant events and keep our minds free of superfluous details?

According to a new study by Columbia University researchers, the brain plays back and prioritizes high-reward events for later retrieval and filters out the neutral, inconsequential events, retaining only memories that are useful to future decisions.

Published on November 20 in the journal Nature Communications, the findings offer new insights into the mechanisms of both memory and decision making.



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