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DOI: 10.14704/nq.2009.7.4.254

Physical Formation of Memory: The Role of Glia Cells

Charles Trevor Ross, Shirley Redpath

Abstract

We build on recent progress in understanding how the initial neural networks are built in the foetal brain. This has led us to make three significant postulates. Short term memory results from Glia cells forming speculative links directly and solely as a result of neural activity generated by life experiences. These temporary 'glia bridges' create long term memory by stimulating the growth of axons, dendrites and synapses, and provide the pathways enabling permanent neural structures to be constructed. This fundamental algorithm for how the brain generates new links is the underlying process of memory maintenance, learning and creativity.

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Physical Formation of Memory: The Role of Glia Cells

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