08/14/2014 08:27 am ET Updated Aug 14, 2014

In The Brain, Memories Are Inextricably Tied To Place

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It’s no coincidence that, when recalling a tragedy, we ask where someone was: “Where were you when President Kennedy was shot?”

Psychologists hypothesize that we lock in that memory by linking it to a where, that integrating many stimuli together helps us remember something particularly important. They call this process episodic memory formation: the locking of ideas and objects to a single place and time, to forming associations between different stimuli.

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