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This question is more of a medical question than one of the underlying mechanisms of biological function. The formation of long term memories is related to long-term potentiation. There are multiple neurotransmitters involved in this process. Ethanol primarily affects NMDA receptors. Drugs used to specifically induce anterograde amnesia, like propofol, ...


I can make a rough analogy in terms of digital media storage. Our memories exist as a relationship between our perceptions and our sensations. Computers store input readily. However, humans store memories perceptually. This means who we are and how we remember an event permanently changes our recollection. If you look at the progression of lossy video ...

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