Dopamine enables us to select the events we want to remember

In the brain, neurons are capable of modifying their connections with each other as a function of experience. When this synaptic plasticity occurs in the hippocampus region, it enables learning and memory. The neurosciences have described the mechanisms involved, but what enables the selection of events to be memorised has remained unknown until now.

Research by Lionel Dahan, Fares Sayegh and their colleagues, Lionel Mouledous, Catherine Macri, Juliana Pi Macedo, Camille Lejards, Claire Rampon, and Laure Verret (CRCA-CBI), has shown that dopamine neurons are at the origin of memory formation.


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