Connecting Neurons through Photos

ConnectomeWhat is a memory? I had not thought about this question from a physiological standpoint until I read  Connectome: How the Brain’s Wiring Makes Us Who We Are by Sebastian Seung. This book describes memories as a series of connections between neurons in our brain. These connections make up our connectome. The connectome provide one possible explanation for understanding how we process and retain memories. In addition, it explains what happens when we cannot remember. Forgetfulness happens when the neural connections corresponding to a particular memory are weakened or lost entirely.

Here’s where photographs and other links to past events can help. They reinforce neural connections corresponding to past events. So, the next time you take a photograph think of it not as a snapshot, but instead  as a direct link to new neural connections. Similarly, scrapbooks and photo books are more than photos. They are a link to our connectome and our memories, and this link is the reason why it so important to preserve our photos and our past.

About Mark Mizen

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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1 Response to Connecting Neurons through Photos

  1. Laura Maguire says:

    Msrk, thank you for this important message.

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