engram

(redirected from Engrams)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.

engram

 [en´gram]
a lasting mark or trace. In psychology, it is the lasting trace left in the psyche by anything that has been experienced psychically; a latent memory picture.

en·gram

(en'gram),
In the mnemic hypothesis, a physical change or memory trace made on the central nervous system of an organism as a result of experience or the repetition of stimuli.
[G. en, in, + gramma, mark]

engram

[en′gram]
1 a hypothetical neurophysiological storage unit in the cerebrum that is the source of a particular memory.
2 an interneuronal circuit involving specific neurons and muscle fibers that can be coordinated to perform specific motor activity patterns. Thousands of repetitions may be needed to establish an engram.
3 the permanent trace left by a stimulus in nerve tissue.

engram

Fringe psychiatry/Dianetics
A traumatic memory that prevents a person from achieving self-fulfillment; it is believed that engrams can be removed by a therapist (“auditor”) using an “E-meter”, which measures galvanic skin response.

Psychiatry
A memory trace, a neurophysiological process that accounts for persistent memory.

en·gram

(en'gram)
In the mnemonic hypothesis, a physical habit or memory trace made on the protoplasm of an organism by the repetition of stimuli.
[G. en, in, + gramma, mark]
References in periodicals archive ?
Processes of afferent synthesis activate the engrams of an acceptor of 'action results,' outstripping the real events, at brain holographic screens.
Ross said: "A negative experience coupled with noise can create what Scientologists call an engram, which leads to negative reactions.
Think of engrams as snapshots and/or videotapes of learned movements.
This is an essential technique which helps students to address negative memories, called engrams, that are holding back true potential.
Detailing how these memories or engrams act upon the body, and affect behavior and thought, Hubbard identifies them as the source of unwanted emotions, irrational fears and the family of psychosomatic ills.
To purge the evil influence of their arch-enemies, the Engrams, you need extensive and expensive therapy called Dianetics.
Determination of Truth From Deception Using Functional MRI and Cognitive Engrams, 5 Internet J.
In other words, far from being static engrams stored somewhere in our brains in whole-cloth, memories are bits and pieces, stored in multiple places, reassembled and filled out, as needed, to form a narrative.
When these engrams are activated in normal day-to-day life by stimuli such as an image, smell or taste, memories are triggered.