Hippocampus Humor

  • By Anna Rothschild
  • Posted 09.20.12
  • NOVA scienceNOW

Meet the hippocampus, a part of the brain responsible for memory and navigation. Now, stay tuned for some brainy slapstick comedy.

Running Time: 01:16


Hippocampus Humor

Posted: September 20, 2012

NOVA Presents Comic Science

First… the science. (This will only take a second.)

The hippocampus is a small part of the brain located in the temporal lobe.

It is responsible for the creation of long-term memories, and also helps us navigate.

Why is it called the hippocampus?

Because it's shaped like a seahorse (Genus: Hippocampus)

And now… the joke!

What did Professor Hippocampus say at his retirement party?

Professor Hippocampus: "Thanks for the memories…"

The End



Video short produced by
Anna Rothschild
Original Footage
© WGBH Educational Foundation 2012


(Professor Hippocampus)
© WGBH Educational Foundation 2012

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