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Subconscious Mental Categories Help Brain Sort Through Everyday Experiences


April 10, 2013

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Princeton University researchers have found that the brain breaks experiences into "events," or related groups that help us mentally organize the day's many situations, using subconscious mental categories it creates. These categories are based on how the brain considers people, objects and actions related in terms of how they tend to--or tend not to--pop up near one another at specific times. Full Story

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