If we can form memories as babies, why do we forget them as adults?

To create memories, humans must form synapses, or connections between brain cells. These connections encode sensory information from a particular event into our memory. Our brains then organize the information into categories and then link it to other similar data, a process called consolidation. For a memory to last, we must periodically retrieve the memory and retrace the initial synapses, which reinforces the connections.

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