New Region of Hippocampus Essential to Social Memory

February 24, 2014 1:25 PM

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New Region of Hippocampus Essential to Social Memory

Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) have found that a small region of the hippocampus is primarily responsible for social memory. Also known as the CA2, they discovered that it proved to be useful in understanding disorders characterized by social behavior, including bipolar disorder, autism and schizophrenia.

As scientists have long understood the role of the hippocampus in the ability to remember the who, what, where and when for our day to day lives, recent studies have shown that various subregions of the area carry different functions.

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