Remembering a Touch

Neuroscientists of the Charité — Universitätsmedizin Berlin have now been able for the first time to document deliberate control of touch sensations in human working memory. It has been shown that the human brain can remember several touch sensations at the same time and consciously retrieve the touch if concentration is focused on these touches.

"A new touch does not erase the memory of a previous touch from working memory.  Rather, new and old tactile memories can persist independently of each another, once a person’s attention has registered the touches," said the study leader, whose work is now published in the current issue of the journal PNAS.

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