• Professor Ken Norman

    Professor Ken Norman leads Princeton’s Computational Memory Lab, which tracks memories in people’s brains. {credit: Peter Murphy}

  • Decoding the Brain

    REMEMBER YOUR LAST DATE at the movies? Your memory of that night is a web of associations: The popcorn smell of the theater. Your giddiness. The blue sweater worn by your date. The aftertaste of the work you were doing earlier — a client meeting, an email from your boss. Memory is that web: the moods, sensations, and thoughts of a moment in time. All these coincident details are bound together by the hippocampus, a seahorse-shaped brain region under your temple. Later, the hippocampus plays back the memories to the cortex, stitching place, mood, images, and goals together into a pattern. (FULL ARTICLE)