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Why do we retain some memories better than others? Wes Mountain/The Conversation, CC BY-ND

Comic explainer: how memory works

We recall thousands of events and procedures every day, but what is memory?

In this comic explainer, The Florey Institute’s Dr Jee Hyun Kim explains how memory works, why we recall some things more easily than others and what we can do to improve our retention of those events and facts that we really want to hold onto.

Illustrations by Wes Mountain for The Conversation.

This is one of a series of new formats that we’re experimenting with at The Conversation to explore the work of our authors and their discoveries.

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