Infantile amnesia caused by neurogenesis

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This reference is used to support claims made by Dr Piotr Wozniak as part of an article series on memory, learning, creativity, and problem solving.

Infants exhibit high levels of hippocampal neurogenesis and an inability to form lasting memories. Interestingly, the decline of postnatal neurogenesis levels corresponds to the emergence of the ability to form stable long-term memory. We propose that high neurogenesis levels negatively regulate the ability to form enduring memories, most likely by replacing synaptic connections in preexisting hippocampal memory circuits

Quoted excerpts come from the following reference:

Title: Infantile amnesia: A neurogenic hypothesis

Authors: Sheena A. Josselyn, Paul W. Frankland

Date: 2012


Backlink: Childhood amnesia