Remembrance of Things Past

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Science  03 Sep 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5433, pp. 1503-1504
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5433.1503

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We form memories of all our daily encounters with events and objects, yet some of these experiences we remember and others we forget. There has been much debate about which regions of the brain's medial temporal lobe (MTL) are involved in encoding the experience and then forming memories of it. In their Perspective, Schacter and Wagner discuss new findings ( Fernandez et al.) that implicate both the anterior and posterior MTL in the memorizing of words and their subsequent recall.