Is Cure for Alzheimer’s a Computer for the Brain
Surprisingly, it may not be that far away. In studies, Scientists have learned that the Hippocampus is the center of operation for memories.
“The hippocampus, Latin for seahorse, is named for its shape. It is part of a system that directs many bodily functions: the limbic system. This system is located in the brain’s medial temporal lobe, near the center of the brain.” Healthline
The Hippocampus is aware of all you see, hear, feel and do. It remembers and recalls memories that are needed later, long term memory, though it is not involved in short term memory.
Scientists recognize that the Hippocampus is the center of operation for memories. Information goes in and is stored and rerouted when needed later. The Hippocampus behaves similar to a small computer. It remembers what you do and think and stores that information until it’s needed.
If the hippocampus becomes damaged then it’s importance to memory is clear because information no longer arrives in the long-term memory and everything that happened longer than a few minutes ago is forgotten.
==> With this knowledge, Neuroscientists have replicated this process with the aid of computer simulations. <==
“Since most memories occur in chains, the Hippocampus keeps memories and thoughts flowing continuously in order to keep us functioning. When there’s amyloid backed up in the Hippocampus it hinders or stops this process. “The Science daily.”
“The hippocampus plays a crucial role in memory formation. However, it is not yet fully understood in what way that brain structure’s individual regions are involved in the formation of memories. Neuroscientists have recreated this process with the aid of computer simulations. Their findings challenge the model of memory forming in the Hippocampus established to date.”
We know it’s a challenge, but it does sound promising. Perhaps someday computers for the elderly with Alzheimer’s will be as common as those with “Pacemakers.”
Maybe the brain computer could be called a “Memory Maker,” as it would certainly bring life back to all those missing their precious memories.
A computer as a Memory Maker would surely be a blessing