Human memory is complex and neuroscientists are still trying to uncover the mechanisms that lead to memories being formed. Viki Reed/Flickr, CC BY
Amy Reichelt, RMIT University
The brain is key to our existence, but there’s a long way to go before neuroscience can truly capture its staggering capacity. For now though, our Brain Control series explores what we do know about the brain’s command of six central functions: language, mood, memory, vision, personality and motor skills – and what happens when things go wrong.
One of the critical functions of the brain is to encode and store information, which becomes our memories. Our memories provide us with insight into events and knowledge of the world around us and influence our actions and behaviours – forming important ...