How the hippocampus preserves order: The role of prediction and context

Lila Davachi, Sarah DuBrow

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Remembering the sequence of events is critical for deriving meaning from our experiences and guiding behavior. Prior investigations into the function of the human hippocampus have focused on its more general role in associative binding, but recent work has focused on understanding its specific role in encoding and preserving the temporal order of experiences. In this review we summarize recent work in humans examining hippocampal contributions to sequence learning. We distinguish the learning of sequential relationships through repetition from the rapid, episodic acquisition of sequential associations. Taken together, this research begins to clarify the link between hippocampal representations and the preservation of the order of events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)92-99
Number of pages8
JournalTrends in Cognitive Sciences
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015


  • Context
  • Episodic memory
  • Hippocampus
  • Prediction
  • Sequence memory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


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