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Making Nuanced Memories

New nerve cells help the brain tell similar experiences apart

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3:48pm, January 14, 2011

Mice aren’t known for their skill with complicated memory tricks, but they can usually recall their last meal. Once they happen upon food in a laboratory maze, they are pretty good at remembering the location from one trial to the next. In one recent study, though, half the mice got too confused to find their snacks.

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