The Expanding Boundaries of Memory
In psychology, traditional studies have sought the boundaries of memory in specific brain structures thought to mark the beginning and limits of memory.
Recent discoveries in neuroscience suggest new brain processes and chronologies relevant to memory. Advances in brain research and instrumentation have clarified some memory pathways and permitted direct observation of the living brain but these studies obscure the real boundaries of memory.
A major breech of boundaries has come with verification of birth memories of children and adults. Superb memory abilities support a host of newly appreciated cognitive talents of newborns. Memory boundaries are enormously expanded by evidence of prenatal memory, gestation memory, and past-life memory which require radically different explanations.
Evidence from the farther reaches of memory, accessed in non-ordinary states of consciousness, indicates that storage of memory is outside the bodybrain. In this perspective, memory appears to be an innate and ageless endowment of human consciousness.
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