Saturday science subject: Memory creation pictured

— 3:02 PM on June 20, 2009

You need look no further than Wikipedia to see diagrams of how flash memory works. But what about human memory? As ScienceDaily reports, a team of researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, McGill University, and UCLA have grabbed an actual image of the long-term-memory storage process in a person.

The finding provides the first visual evidence that when a new memory is formed new proteins are made locally at the synapse - the connection between nerve cells - increasing the strength of the synaptic connection and reinforcing the memory. The study published in Science, is important for understanding how memory traces are created and the ability to monitor it in real time will allow a detailed understanding of how memories are formed.

ScienceDaily says this is the first ever image of the process, which is known as protein translation. Head over to the full article for the picture and more details.

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