Hippocampus Required (image) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Caption The hippocampus plays a vital role in enhancing memory in those who are actively engaged in learning something new. It coordinates with other brain structures to accomplish different tasks, such as recognizing an object one has seen before or remembering its original location. Credit Graphic by Diana Yates. Brain by Andrew Giglio. Usage Restrictions Image may be used only with stories about the research described in the news release. Please credit: Graphic by Diana Yates. Brain by Andrew Giglio. Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.