Recent research has revealed insights into the formation of episodic memories (i.e. memories about real-life episodes), involving rapid neuronal changes in the medial temporal lobe / hippocampus.
“Think of the [cortex] as a huge library and the hippocampus as its librarian”. Gyorgy Buszaki [Hungarian Neuroscientist] (2006).
Mundasad, S. (2015). ‘Celebrity mind game’ may reveal clues to memory. London: BBC Health News, July 2nd 2015.
Webb, J. (2015). Peeking into the brain’s filing system. London: BBC Science and Environment News / BBC Health News, July 5th 2015.
This relates to:
Ison, MJ. Quian Quiroga, R. [and] Fried, I. (2015). Rapid encoding of new memories by individual neurons in the human brain. Neuron. July 1st 2015, Vol.87(1), pp.220-30. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).
Horner, AJ. Bisby, JA. [and] Bush, D. [et al] (2015). Evidence for holistic episodic recollection via hippocampal pattern completion. Nature Communications. July 2nd 2015, 6, 7462. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).
University of Cambridge researchers have claimed that a computer-based brain-training game has the potential to improve episodic memory (and thereby the quality of life) in people with schizophrenia:
Brain game ‘improves lives of schizophrenia patients’. London: BBC Health News, August 3rd 2015.