Virtual Memory Making

Discoveries could inform future research on restoring memory 

From The Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior at UCLA. UCLA neurophysicists have found that space-mapping neurons in the hippocampus region of the brain react differently to video games and other forms of virtual reality than they do to real-world environments, the UCLA Newsroom reported.

“The pattern of activity in a brain region involved in spatial learning in the virtual world is completely different than when it processes activity in the real world,” said Professor of Physics, Neurology and Neurobiology Mayank Mehta, a member of UCLA’s Brain Research Institute and lead author of the study.

The findings provide insight into how doctors could one day restore human memory that is lost.

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