Synopsis

Our everyday affairs require many different brain functions that seem to occur simultaneously. Recently, neuroscientists from the University of Amsterdam and Duke University tested the human brain’s ability to handle two tasks in quick succession: learning new information and recalling information already learned. Brain scans showed that a “switchboard” region in the frontal lobe seems responsible for fluidly and rapidly shifting between  learning and remembering to avoid a bottleneck in our neural circuitry.