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forgetting

 "From neuronal signals, we have learned that neurons are computers because they take in information, integrate and process the information and then passes on more information.  Therefore, the brain is made up of all these "computers" which dictate our behavior."  mchen

In response (in the form of further confusion) to michelle's, if neurons are computers, then what happens when we forget?  Is forgetting just a malfunction of a neuronal signal path?  If this is the case, are long term memories and short term memories in different computers because they are in different parts of the brain?  I guess this makes sense because head injuries can only impair a person's short term, or long term memory.  

If forgetting is the loss of a pathway, then do we get that pathway of neural signals back using the same computer or another computer? Is forgetting a product of a computer freeze? 

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