On April 6th an MIT report was published, identifying a new model and timeline about how memories are formed. Traditional theories of long-term memory formation may only be partially accurate. These theories thought that short-term memories were formed and stored in one area of the brain (hippocampus), and then over time were moved to long-term storage (neocortex).
Instead, this study shows that memories are actually formed simultaneously in 2 locations of the brain (hippocampus and neocortex), however long-term memories remain "silent" for about 2 weeks before reaching a mature state.
Read more about the publication below: