Brains Active in Infancy, but No Memories

Let me be allusive and metaphorical.

We remember so little from infancy for two basic reasons.

  1. We are developing the categories we use to form memories. Memories are not video-recordings of happenings but assembled events and actions organized by how those items rank in importance to you.
  2. Rapid transmission of consistent categorization doesn’t occur until the hippocampus completes myelination about age 4–5. Until then, learning is short-term, of local scope only.

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