What is the Hippocampus?

The hippocampus, named for its seahorse-like shape, is the site of episodic and autobiographical memory.  Memories with “what, where, when” components are woven into narrative form thanks to the hippocampus.  It also manages spatial navigation and combines previous memories with new events to create novel precepts.  Next time you see an old friend and recognize her be sure to remember to thank your hippocampus for collaborating with your prefrontal cortex during  recognition memory.