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Memory is about context, not consolidation 0 (0)

Memories are formalized as bindings between items and the contexts in which they occurred; these bindings are added to the contents of memory during learning, but they are left untouched after learning occurs. The fact that such models are able to achieve such breadth without a consolidation process begs the question as to what role it plays. It does not mean that such a process does not exist, but it does undermine its explanatory role in understanding forgetting.

www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/searching-representations/201912/memory-is-about-context-not-consolidation

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People Misremember Numerical Facts To Fit Their Biases 3 (1)

Along with partisan news outlets and political blogs, there’s another surprising source of misinformation on controversial topics — it’s you

People given accurate statistics on a controversial issue tended to misremember those numbers to fit commonly held beliefs, a study from Ohio State University reports[1].

— Read on sciencebeta.com/misremembered-numerical-facts/

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When Teens Abuse Parents, Shame And Secrecy Make It Hard To Seek Help 4 (1)

When Teens Abuse Parents, Shame And Secrecy Make It Hard To Seek Help

Keri Williams is a writer in North Carolina who advocates for parents raising children who have trauma-related behavioral issues, including attachment disorders that can manifest as intentional violence directed toward parents.

Williams’ own son became so violent that her family had to place him in a residential facility at age 10. He’s now 18.

“I actually thought I was the only person going through it,” Williams said. “I had no idea that this was actually a larger issue than myself.”

Williams manages a blog and Facebook page where parents like herself — who feel isolated and unsure of where to turn — can find others who can relate.

Many parents she meets online struggle to accept that they’re dealing with a serious domestic violence issue, she said.

— Read on sciencebeta.com/when-teens-abuse-parents/

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Rats replay memories forward and backwards to make decisions – Futurity 2 (1)

Watching the way rat brains replay their memories forward and backward while making a decision let researchers predict what it would decide.

The researchers found that specific patterns of brain cell firings in rats correspond to individual memories. As a result, the researchers could tell what the rodents were remembering during an experiment. They also found a way to predict what the animals would do next.

During sleep, the brain replays each memory from the day in a unique pattern of brain cell firings. The activation of a pattern essentially creates a recording of the memory so it can be stored for the long term. This process, called memory consolidation, occurs while we’re awake, too.

— Read on www.futurity.org/memory-consolidation-brains-decisions-2229542/

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