What Alice travels through Wonderland, the other characters often ask her to remember things, like poems that she memorised at school. Riding your bike uses something called implicit memory. You don’t really know you’re thinking about it at all – you just do it! Memories like this are usually about how to do things. Explicit memory is a type of obvious memory – you know that you’re trying to remember something. They’re usually about knowing what you did or learned … Continue reading this article

In Alice in Wonderland, there are lots of crazy conversations, like the Mad Hatter’s tea party, and lots of poems that are full of words that are very strange to Alice. She hasn’t grown up in Wonderland, so she doesn’t understand its language! Learning different languages is hard because each language is composed of different kinds of sounds. For example, English-speaking people can tell the different sounds in English apart very easily, but they find it much harder to differentiate … Continue reading this article

In Wonderland, Alice is exploring a new country without a map – so it’s not surprising that she gets confused about where she is. In your brain, the spacial view neurons in your hippocampus are helping you to remember and tell the difference between places you’ve seen. Place neurons work to tell you where you are. They help you keep track of where you’ve been. These different neurons are some of the tools that your brain uses to help you … Continue reading this article