The RUB news portal reports:
Why do we have a memory? According to current research, it’s not just for reminiscing about the past.
Our brain stores experiences in order to be able to derive predictions for the future. If these do not correspond to reality, i.e. if there has been a prediction error, not only are new expectations generated, but the memories are also modified. This new view of memory raises many research questions, which a research consortium of the RUB and the University of Duisburg Essen (UDE) will address for five years starting in January 2022. It is funded by the Mercator Research Center Ruhr (MERCUR) with around two million euros.
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