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January 9, 2022

The best guesses at the mystery of memory, with Lisa Genova
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Every time we learn something new, the brain changes.

There are four basic steps in creating a memory: encoding, consolidation, storage, and retrieval.

Figuring out how memories are encoded at the genetic and molecular level is at the frontier of neuroscience.

Read the video transcript: bigthink.com/series/explain-it-like-im-smart/encoding-memory/


About Lisa Genova:
Lisa Genova is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Still Alice, Left Neglected, Love Anthony, Inside the O’Briens, and Every Note Played. Still Alice was adapted into an Oscar-winning film starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, and Kristen Stewart. Lisa graduated valedictorian from Bates College with a degree in biopsychology and holds a PhD in neuroscience from Harvard University. She travels worldwide speaking about the neurological diseases she writes about and has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, Today, PBS NewsHour, CNN, and NPR. Her TED talk, “What You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer’s,” has been viewed more than five million times. The New York Times bestseller REMEMBER is her first work of nonfiction.


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