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The encoding, storage and retrieval of an individual’s memories are arguably some of the most important functions of the human brain. While it is normal to forget things from time to time, conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, stoke, depression and head injuries can lead to severe memory loss.

Emory National Primate Research Center researchers are learning more about how memories are made and retrieved. Researchers hope a better understanding of memory and the neuroanatomical structures that are involved can lead to treatments for humans with mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease and other causes for memory loss.