Attractors in Memory

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Science  06 May 2005:
Vol. 308, Issue 5723, pp. 799-800
DOI: 10.1126/science.1112555

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One of the great puzzles that keeps neuroscientists busy is the question of how the brain makes distinctions between separate yet similar events, and encodes memories of these. In a Perspective, Poucet and Save discuss a new study in rats ( Wills et al. ) that demonstrates how hippocampal place cells of the rat brain abruptly change their electrical representations of slowly changing environments