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17 November 2016

When you’re asked to remember a scene from your distant past

When you’re asked to remember a scene from your distant past, like your childhood home, you can probably picture the place, including the surrounding buildings and streets quite vividly in your mind. Neuroscientists at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology have recently identified the two regions in the brain that help us combine an assortment of visual information and various separate images of our environment into coherent, 360-degree panoramic memories. They are known as the ‘occipital place area’ or OPA and the ‘retrosplenial complex’ or RSC.

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