Brain Is Biased When Learning New Information

Brain Is Biased When Learning New Information

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Your brain may be more likely to recognize new things as new when the unknown is already on your mind, according to new research. The findings suggest that memories are not made or recalled in a vacuum, said study researcher Lila Davachi, a psychologist at New York University. Instead, memories are built with the influence of what your brain has just been exposed to. “Your previous state of mind can influence the way you see the world and what sort of decisions you make,” Davachi said.

In fact, the research suggests that the hippocampus, the part of the brain that encodes memories, may have two jobs that it can’t perform at the same time: building new memories and recognizing old ones. The time it takes to switch between these two tasks may explain why the brain is better at recognizing new things when it’s already in “new thing” mode.

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