Comments: Sense Memory

From what I've read in the past, smell is the most "primitive" sense, almost literally a direct receptor of the brain to what's in the air, and so it seems to be heavily tied to memory because of the way our brains evolved.

Posted by Jay at September 7, 2005 10:59 AM

Actually, there are direct neural connections between "smell" cortex in the temporal/fronto-temporal cortex and both the amygdala, which does emotional memory and coordinates memory processing, and the prefrontal cortex. These direct connections don't exist for the other senses, but it's thought that the "dual" memory of both the experience and the sensory input may help reinforce sense memories more strongy than others.

Posted by caltechgirl at September 7, 2005 11:05 AM

So that was YOU in the elevator!!!

I was in marching band... tons of great memories. Tons.

Posted by Marie at September 8, 2005 12:32 PM