Here’s how our minds organize experiences

James Devitt, Futurity, Oct 02, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

While I want to jump on this and say that my long-held theory has been vindicated, I know that I should await confirmation and test6ing. Still, an article that begins "our brains organize experiences by their similarities, new research suggests" just makes me feel fuzzy all over, because this is the theory I was working on 35 years ago and which underlies most of the work I've done since (here's a quick outline). The research article cited is probably paywalled for you (a ridiculous state of affairs). It's based on behaviour and fMRI studies, which leave plent of room for scepticism. Still, we see the role similarity plays in the creation of knowledge: "immediate post-learning changes in connectivity may reflect a consolidation mechanism that plays an active role in shaping memories over time, in a way that prioritizes their commonalities." 

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