How The Brain Performs 'Mental Time Travel'

February 21, 2015 3:59 PM

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How The Brain Performs 'Mental Time Travel'

In one important way, we are capable of traveling back in time. Through memory, we can return to childhood, go back to the moment we first fell in love or recall our first professional triumph.

Vivid memories that call to mind an experience in deep sensory detail can seem to transport us back to another time and place. When we recall the particular bit of information we're looking for, we also recall many other surrounding details -- how we felt, what we were wearing, what came before and ...

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