London taxi drivers know every street in London, as well as all the restaurants, post offices, shops and more. In our brain there is an ingenious GPS. And this GPS is integrated with our life history and emotions. Try doing that with a navigator!
When you drive a car, you have to execute several actions at the same time, and also pay attention to traffic. For this to take place, most of your actions are performed automatically. These are laid down in a separate memory in a specific part of the brain: the corpus striatum.
Sometimes our memory is represented as the hard disc of a computer where data is stored, or as a filing cabinet. But that is not the way our memory works. How does remembering work? And what is the role of the hippocampus? And how do false memories come about?