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Cognitive neuroscience

The molecules of forgetfulness

Not everything that we learn is useful, so the brain needs a mechanism to prevent itself being burdened by unhelpful details. The molecular details of this mechanism are now being uncovered.

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Figure 1: Learning and forgetting — a tale of molecular antagonism.


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Silva, A., Josselyn, S. The molecules of forgetfulness. Nature 418, 929–930 (2002).

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