Brain capable of "retroactive editing" to retain conscious thoughts

01/30/2013 | LiveScience.com

The human brain can retroactively adjust conscious experiences to retain memory, a study found, contradicting a long-believed theory that the brain processes information sequentially before consciously experiencing it. Retroactive editing can explain why someone can recall something without remembering ever hearing it in the first place. "You have to get away from the idea that consciousness is like a movie that's playing in your head and that once the processing is done happening then you've got this finished movie that you see." said cognitive scientist Daniel Dennett, whose findings were published in the journal Current Biology.

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