Anticipate The Past?

The past already happened. The future is yet to come. So we might think that different parts of our brain deal with prior events rather than future ones. But neuroimaging now paints a different picture. Recent evidence, reported in HBR (“How Your Brain Connects the Future to the Past” by Jeff Brown and Mark Fenske), indicates a lot of overlap in brain regions that handle remembering the past as well as anticipating the future. As Kurt Vonnegut opined in “Slaughterhouse Five”, this could cause a person to become “unstuck in time.”

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