Memory is a chemical process in the brain used to store different thoughts, ideas, and occurrences of the past. I chose to find the chemistry of memory because my memories are very important to me. If we didn’t have any memories whatsoever, then we would all be worse off than Dory in Finding Nemo!
Composition of ...
Main Chemicals, Compounds, Components
Neurons are nerve cells, or “brain cells” found in the brain. They send electro-chemical signals throughout the nervous system and brain. Producing a specific voltage, neurons create brain waves, connecting to other neurons to form neural nets. In the gap between the cells, or the synaptic cleft; neurotransmitters are transferred from cell to cell, opening up pathways/ “channels”. This allows charged particles, like calcium, to be received throughout the neural net.
The increase in the synaptic communication, or Long Term Potentiation ( LTP), is the process credited for allowing our brain to learn and acquire memories. Once the enzyme (CaMKII) is activated (by the calcium) it triggers a memory switch, causing it to stay active, even when the calcium is no longer present. The switch allows the enzyme to operate on its own at a constant rate, providing non-stop activity for the brain. Different sorts of neurotransmitters are responsible for the storing and revisiting of memories, along with a wide range of other assorted actions. Nerve cells and neurotransmitters use a chemical signal to resignate throughout the body, telling it what to do, even storing memories!
The processes of memory
What is memory?
Where are they formed?
What do they do?
What is a Neuron?
Are primarily working with the body’s muscles and brain activity.
Nearly 100 billion
What are neurotransmitters?
Types of neurotransmitters
Transmission of neurotransmitters
Long Term Potentiation
Calcium activates “Ca2+ responsive kinase” (CaMKII)
Molecular memory switch
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About the Author
Heather Rachel Nelstead is a junior at Billings Senior High School. She loves to play and watch baseball(go Cardinals!), loves to go skiing, painting, drawing, eating, and performing on stage. Heather has moved a lot and likes to keep in touch with friends that she’s made ranging back to kindergarten. She is considering attending either Montana State University or Lee University (in Tennessee) to study sociology and possibly secondary education.