Memory allocation accounts for how specific neurons and synapses store specific types of memories. Alcino Silva, professor of Neurobiology at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, conducts research to understand the role of CREB (cAMP-response element binding protein) in allocating memories to specific neurons in the lateral amygdala. Silva and his team have also found that increased neuronal excitability during learning, rather than after learning, increases the probability that these neurons would be involved in memory. This research broadens our understanding of exactly where and how memories are to be stored and recalled.
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