In pursuit of memory

To understand why memory declines with age, scientists must first figure out how the brain builds memories

By Amanda Leigh Mascarelli, 17:02 PM November 7, 2013

Some of the greatest discoveries in science have been made by accident, or chance. An important part of what scientists know about memory is among these.


In the early 1950s, a young Canadian scientist named Brenda Milner earned a doctorate (Ph.D.) in neuroscience, or the study of the brain. Soon, she began working with a well-known surgeon, Wilder Penfield of the Montreal Neurological Institute in Canada. The doctor had developed a special technique to treat people with epilepsy. This disorde...

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