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Our Brain Cells Try To Understand Time

The brain plays a very important role in the human body. This includes control of all the physical aspects and also the mental side of your personality. One of the amazing phenomena perceived by any brain is the use of memories. Long-term memories precisely are a very complex matter which is handled delicately by the brain.

It has been hard for scientists to understand how the whole process works. However, a new study at U of T was focused on understanding how the brain perceives time and adds them to the memories. This research was conducted by the Department of Psychology Psychology at U of T Scarborough, where their test specimen was on the hippocampus of the brain.

The lead author, Andy Lee, who is also an assistant professor in the university stated, “Our long-term memory for events we’ve experienced is made up of different information, and time is a key component of that.”

It was the dilemma of how the hippocampus actually understand time and uses it in association with memories.

Andy said, “We only focused on short time-scales here, so how this one building block combines with others to create a memory, no really one knows. We’re effectively shining a light on one of the small building blocks involved in time and memory.”

The results showed that the brain tries to fill time information for the timeframe between events where it can’t recall what happened. This is complimenting to a rodent test conducted earlier in time which showed the same response form their brain cells.