Most of us know that feeling of trying to retrieve a memory that does not come right away. You might be watching a romantic comedy featuring that famous character actor who always plays the best friend and find yourself unable to recall her name (it’s Judy Greer). While memory retrieval has been the subject of countless animal studies and other neuroimaging work in humans, exactly how the process works–and how we make decisions based on memories–has remained unclear.
The study identified a different set of “context neurons” in the frontal lobe. These neurons encode information about the instructions given to a subject for a given task. For example, the subjects were told to either press a button or to use eye movements to relay their answer to a question; the context neurons signaled which of these two actions to take, independent of what the answer to the question was.
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