General knowledge and future thinking linked in brain

Our ability to imagine and look to the future depends on the brain regions that store general knowledge, a recent study has found.

Dementia patients with poor general knowledge recall (such as the names of famous people or cities) were also unable to imagine themselves in the future. This has problematic results, such as a patient leaving a stove on, because they can’t see the future consequence of the action.

The research is a part of ongoing efforts to understand the brain and mental illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Read more at Neuroscience Research Australia