Premise: I don't have a strong background in neuroscience or human biology, so I would ask you to answer like you would at a 5 years old child. I have done a couple of research on the web, as well as here on StackExchange, but the answers that I have found are either pretty old or difficult to understand for me.
I have read that memories are not stored in a unique place in our brain.
- If you knew the region where the particular memory you are looking for is, would you be able to decode it?
Example: Let's say that someone said to you something you perfectly remember even after a few years. Since you remember the exact words, I suppose that those words are stored in our brain somehow. Is it possible to retrieve what those words were?
To summarize my question, what do we know (and don't know) about how we encode memories?
Thank you all.