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    Forum Freshman CasualSheila's Avatar
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    How is it that we are able to remember our most intense memories? i.e. our happiest, sadest moments?


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    To be honest i'm not sure but here is my proposed theory.

    We know that long lasting memory, or rather memory consolidation involves the hippocampus and NMDA receptors. Molecular cascade events in the hippocampus triggers a re-entrance of activity, such as in learning. Such re-entrance activations result in progressive strengthening of cortical memory traces through precise reactivation of cortical NMDAR and CamKII (which is the mediator between the NMDAR and hippocampus).

    These changes and reactivations is what accounts for memory consolidation. What I think initiates these changes and reactivations in the hippocampus and on NMDAR and CamKII is the increased levels of hormones. Certain hormones may be released by hightened emotional reactions in particular situations, for example when we are happy, sad, or scared.

    I'm not sure that this is the case but it's just an idea. Perhaps memory consolidation not only leads to long lasting memory but also intense memory retreival.


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