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That’s the conclusion of a team at Oxford University’s Centre for Human Brain Activity (OHBA), published in journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences. Until now, it was thought that working memory – the way in which we deal with and respond to immediate demands – was underpinned by stable brain patterns. The OHBA team discovered that instead, the areas of the brain responsible for working memory are changing all the time.

Dr Mark Stokes, who led the research, explained: 'This raises an important question: How can we keep a stable thought in mind while brain activity is constantly changing?'

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