What Fires Together, Wires Together

Does the smell of vanilla extract remind you of the holidays, or Mom baking cookies, or make you smile, or make you hungry, or something completely different?

  • We tend to think of our memories as discrete items summoned up by associations which are often words or some other cognitive construct
  • In reality a memory is comprised of cognitive, emotional, sensory and movement components that are linked because they most often occur together or in sequence
  • While some associations are unilateral, some are bi-lateral

The concept applies to functions that are located near each other in the brain or have shared or common pathways

  • Activating one area of the brain can¬†activate others nearby or connected areas
  • This is the underlying reason why changing inputs can change outputs