"To use a networking analogy, the hippocampus is like a router and it is periodically replaced when it goes bad (cells die) but the network on which it resides is losing computers everyday. Eventually, the router will be around, but all of the computers will die."
"The hippocampus is like the brain's file fmder for locating information in stored memory. "
"Researchers think that a part of the brain called the hippocampus is like the scratch-pad of memory, where we put new things that have been experienced or learned until they can be filed for long-term storage. During sleep, these memories are 'reactivated' and transferred to the cortex. "
"This Hippocampus is like a RAM, and the Cortex is the Hard disk "
"Students are learning about the big helpers: Prefrontal Cortex, Amygdala, and Hippocampus. This week, we focused on how our hippocampus is like a scrapbook and saves everything important that we want to remember. Students illustrated their favorite memories for a class book. What favorite memory is stored in your hippocampus? "
"The hippocampus is like the intake librarian who classifies and shelves books. Without her, new acquisitions just bury the old ones and nothing makes it to the shelf. "
"A simplified analogy might be that the hippocampus is like a whiteboard where you can write up short-term memories," Edwards says. "And then these are either converted to long-term memories or forgotten, similar to erasing the whiteboard."
"The hippocampus and amygdala work together. The hippocampus is like an "experience" assembly line and the amygdala its workers. The hippocampus sends our current and past experiences to either "long term" memory or the recycling bin. And the amygdala puts a stamp on the experience. This stamp can be things like "dangerous", "interesting", "useful", etc... But the stronger the stamp, the more likely it will affect your future behavior. And anything with a stamp goes to long term memory."
METAMIA is a free database of analogy and metaphor. Anyone can contribute or search. The subject matter can be anything. Science is popular, but poetry is encouraged. The goal is to integrate our fluid muses with the stark literalism of a relational database. Metamia is like a girdle for your muses, a cognitive girdle.