Visualizing How the Brain Retrieves Memories (image) University of California - Davis Share Print E-Mail Caption During memory retrieval, cells in the hippocampus (C-shape structures) connect to cells in the brain cortex. Activated cells in this mouse brain fluoresce green. The hippocampus helps the cells in the cortex recreate the pattern of activation from when the memory was formed, so the memory is retrieved. Credit Kazumasa Tanaka/Brian Wiltgen, UC Davis Usage Restrictions May be used with acknowledgement of the source. Share Print E-Mail 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.