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Study suggests animals think probabilistically to distinguish contexts

August 12, 2020

Study suggests animals think probabilistically to distinguish contexts

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David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory

Among the many things rodents have taught neuroscientists is that, in a region called the hippocampus, the brain creates a new map for every unique spatial context — for instance, a different room or maze.

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Key brain region was “recycled” as humans developed the ability to read

August 4, 2020

Key brain region was “recycled” as humans developed the ability to read

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Anne Trafton | MIT News Office

Humans began to develop systems of reading and writing only within the past few thousand years. Our reading abilities set us apart from other animal species, but a few thousand years is much too short a timeframe for our brains to have evolved new areas specifically devoted to reading.

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