Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology

Memories Serve as Tools for Learning and Decision-Making, New Study Shows

Thu, July 12, 2012
Alison Preston
Alison Preston

When humans learn, their brains relate new information with past experiences to derive new knowledge, according to psychology research from The University of Texas at Austin.

The study, led by Alison Preston, assistant professor of psychology and neurobiology, shows this memory-binding process allows people to better understand new concepts and make future decisions. The findings could lead to better teaching methods, as well as treatment of degenerative neurological disorders, such as dementia, Preston says. 

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Read full study in Neuron

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