Saturday, January 6, 2007

Seeing Into The Future With Neural Substrates

Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis have used advanced brain imaging techniques to show that remembering the past and envisioning the future may go hand-in-hand, with each process sparking strikingly similar patterns of activity within precisely the same broad network of brain regions.

"Our findings provide compelling support for the idea that memory and future thought are highly interrelated and help explain why future thought may be impossible without memories."

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Link: Neural substrates of envisioning the future. 2006. Karl K. Szpunar et al. PNAS, published online Jan. 3, 2007