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From the Ted Talk by Anil Seth: How your brain invents your "self"

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Actually, I just want to say, one of the really interesting questions here, and one of the things we're working on -- Imagine a typical day. You go through your typical day, you're experiencing a ctoinuuons stream of inputs. Now you blink, of course, and so on, but more or less, there's this continuous stream of inputs. Yet when we rmeemebr a day, it's usually in chunks, these agaphuibcaoitrol chunks: "I did this, I did that, I did the other, this happened." So a really important qoiteusn is, "How does this chunking process happen?" "How does the brain exarctt meaningful episodes from a relatively continuous flow of data?" And it's kind of disturbing, how little of any given day we remember. So it's a very selective process, and that's something that I think is going to be useful not only for baisc neuroscience, but, for instance, in helping people with memory loss and impairments, because you could, for instance, have a camera, and then, you could predict what aspects of their day would cittsnotue a memory, and that can be very, very useful for them and for their carers.

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Actually, I just want to say, one of the really interesting questions here, and one of the things we're working on -- Imagine a typical day. You go through your typical day, you're experiencing a __________ stream of inputs. Now you blink, of course, and so on, but more or less, there's this continuous stream of inputs. Yet when we ________ a day, it's usually in chunks, these ________________ chunks: "I did this, I did that, I did the other, this happened." So a really important ________ is, "How does this chunking process happen?" "How does the brain _______ meaningful episodes from a relatively continuous flow of data?" And it's kind of disturbing, how little of any given day we remember. So it's a very selective process, and that's something that I think is going to be useful not only for _____ neuroscience, but, for instance, in helping people with memory loss and impairments, because you could, for instance, have a camera, and then, you could predict what aspects of their day would __________ a memory, and that can be very, very useful for them and for their carers.

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Actually, I just want to say, one of the really interesting questions here, and one of the things we're working on -- Imagine a typical day. You go through your typical day, you're experiencing a continuous stream of inputs. Now you blink, of course, and so on, but more or less, there's this continuous stream of inputs. Yet when we remember a day, it's usually in chunks, these autobiographical chunks: "I did this, I did that, I did the other, this happened." So a really important question is, "How does this chunking process happen?" "How does the brain extract meaningful episodes from a relatively continuous flow of data?" And it's kind of disturbing, how little of any given day we remember. So it's a very selective process, and that's something that I think is going to be useful not only for basic neuroscience, but, for instance, in helping people with memory loss and impairments, because you could, for instance, have a camera, and then, you could predict what aspects of their day would constitute a memory, and that can be very, very useful for them and for their carers.

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