Neural mechanisms for detecting and remembering novel events

Charan Ranganath, Gregor Rainer

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The ability to detect and respond to novel events is crucial for survival in a rapidly changing environment. Four decades of neuroscientific research has begun to delineate the neural mechanisms by which the brain detects and responds to novelty. Here, we review this research and suggest how changes in neural processing at the cellular, synaptic and network levels allow us to detect, attend to and subsequently remember the occurrence of a novel event.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)193-202
Number of pages10
JournalNature Reviews Neuroscience
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Cell Biology


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