Eye Movements Reveal Rhythm of Memory Formation, Yerkes National Primate Research Center and Emory University Study

Published: Jul 31, 2013

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Quick eye movements, called saccades, that enable us to scan a visual scene appear to act as a metronome for pushing information about that scene into memory. Scientists at Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University, have observed that in monkeys exploring images with their eyes, the onset of a saccade resets the rhythms of electrical activity (theta oscillations) in the hippocampus, a region of the brain important for memory formation.

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