When looking at a picture of a sunny day at the beach, we can almost smell the scent of sun screen. Our brain often completes memories and automatically brings back to mind the different elements of the original experience. A new study now reveals the underlying mechanisms of this auto-complete function.
The researchers made an exciting discovery: During memory recall, neurons in the hippocampus fire strongly. Additionally, neurons in the entorhinal cortex began to fire in parallel to the hippocampus. According to one researcher “The act of remembering put neurons in a state that strongly resembles their activation during initial learning.” (1)
We know what we should see.
And we see it.
We know what we should smell.
And we smell it.
But we know nothing…
What a lovely rose…
Dipped in the ocean of the moonlight.
Can you feel the breeze?
Isn’t it strange that you don’t miss the warmth of the sun?