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Sharpening our understanding of memories

Sharpening our understanding of memories | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Scientists now have a better understanding of how precise memories are formed. The study looked at the cells in our brains, or neurons, and how they work together as a group to form memories.
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Personality, habits of thought and gender influence how we remember

Personality, habits of thought and gender influence how we remember | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
We all have them -- positive memories of personal events that are a delight to recall, and painful recollections that we would rather forget.
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Sleep disturbances hurt memory consolidation

Sleep disturbances hurt memory consolidation | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Sleep disturbance negatively impacts the memory consolidation and enhancement that usually occurs with a good night's sleep, according to a study published Mar. 28 in the open access journal PLoS ONE.
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A new test might facilitate diagnosis and drug development for Alzheimer's disease

A new test might facilitate diagnosis and drug development for Alzheimer's disease | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Scientists have developed a new method for measurement of aggregated beta-amyloid – a protein complex believed to cause major nerve cell damage and dysfunction in Alzheimer’s disease.
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How marijuana impairs memory

How marijuana impairs memory | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
A major downside of the medical use of marijuana is the drug's ill effects on working memory, the ability to transiently hold and process information for reasoning, comprehension and learning.
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Marianne PokeBunny Lenaerts's curator insight, October 16, 2014 3:40 AM

WELL  HELLO ...   do the test  yourself .. most  awaken people  are pot smokers  <3 

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Reversing Alzheimer's gene 'blockade' can restore memory, other cognitive functions

Reversing Alzheimer's gene 'blockade' can restore memory, other cognitive functions | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Neuroscientists have shown that an enzyme overproduced in the brains of Alzheimer's patients creates a blockade that shuts off genes necessary to form new memories.
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Why people can hold visual information in great detail in their working memory

Why people can hold visual information in great detail in their working memory | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Researchers have long known that specific parts of the brain activate when people view particular images. However, it's been unknown whether such specialization also exists for visual working memory.

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Decaffeinated coffee may help improve memory function and reduce risk of diabetes

Decaffeinated coffee may help improve memory function and reduce risk of diabetes | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
In an animal study, researchers found that decaffeinated coffee may improve glucose utilization in the brain, reducing the risk for Type 2 diabetes and the brain dysfunction associated with some neurological disorders.
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Short-term memory is based on synchronized brain oscillations

Short-term memory is based on synchronized brain oscillations | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Scientists have now discovered how different brain regions cooperate during short-term memory.

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Making sense of sensory connections: Researchers identify mechanism behind associative memory by exploring insect brains

Making sense of sensory connections: Researchers identify mechanism behind associative memory by exploring insect brains | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
A key feature of human and animal brains is that they are adaptive; they are able to change their structure and function based on input from the environment and on the potential associations, or consequences, of that input.
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When 1 + 1 = 5: Dyscalculia and Working Memory | Psychology Today

When 1 + 1 = 5: Dyscalculia and Working Memory | Psychology Today | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Jacob's mother writes that ‘Jacob, 10-years-old, still struggles with number bonds to 10. Learning to tell the time is still slow - he has not mastered half-past. Although he managed to learn his 5x tables because we practiced all summer, this has now gone'.

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Amnesiac cellist astounds doctors with musical memory

Amnesiac cellist astounds doctors with musical memory | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
German musician who lost nearly all memory after contracting herpes encephalitis can learn new pieces of music...
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Where is the accurate memory? The eyes have it

Where is the accurate memory? The eyes have it | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

The witness points out the criminal in a police lineup. She swears she'd remember that face forever. Then DNA evidence shows she's got the wrong guy. It happens so frequently that many courts are looking with extreme skepticism at eyewitness testimony.

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Bilingualism fine-tunes hearing, enhances attention

Bilingualism fine-tunes hearing, enhances attention | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
A new study provides the first biological evidence that bilinguals' rich experience with language "fine-tunes" their auditory nervous system and helps them juggle linguistic input in ways that enhance attention and working memory.
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Memory declines faster in years closest to death; mental activity best protection

Memory declines faster in years closest to death; mental activity best protection | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
New research finds that a person’s memory declines at a faster rate in the two- and-a-half years before death than at any other time after memory problems first begin.
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Is love for somewhere you previously lived preventing you from enjoying fully where you now?

Is love for somewhere you previously lived preventing you from enjoying fully where you now? | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Sometimes memories of enjoyable and rewarding attachments in the past interfere with forming similar positive attachments in the present.

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Do E-Books Make It Harder to Remember What You Just Read?

Do E-Books Make It Harder to Remember What You Just Read? | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
I received a Kindle for my birthday, and enjoying "light reading," in addition to the dense science I read for work, I immediately loaded it with mysteries by my favorite authors.
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Helping Those With Memory Impairment Regain Independence Using Smartphone Training

Helping Those With Memory Impairment Regain Independence Using Smartphone Training | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

The treatment for moderate-to-severe memory impairment could one day include a prescription for a smartphone.

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How to tell apart the forgetful from those at risk of Alzheimer’s disease

How to tell apart the forgetful from those at risk of Alzheimer’s disease | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
It can be difficult to distinguish between people with normal age-associated memory loss and those with amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI).
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The complex relationship between memory and silence

The complex relationship between memory and silence | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

People who suffer a traumatic experience often don't talk about it, and many forget it over time. A group of psychological scientists explore the relationship between silence and memories.

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Making memories last

Making memories last | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Memories in our brains are maintained by connections between neurons called "synapses". But how do these synapses stay strong and keep memories alive for decades?

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Sleep preserves and enhances unpleasant emotional memories

Sleep preserves and enhances unpleasant emotional memories | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

A recent study by sleep researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is the first to suggest that a person’s emotional response after witnessing an unsettling picture or traumatic event is greatly reduced if the person stays awake afterward, and that sleep strongly “protects” the negative emotional response

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The Neurocritic: Alcohol Blackout

The Neurocritic: Alcohol Blackout | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

This post is for all you New Year's Eve party goers who don't remember where you were or what you did. If that's the case, then you experienced an alcohol-induced blackout. Haven't you always wondered about the clinical manifestations and neurobiological mechanisms of alcohol-induced blackouts? Maybe you have, but you can't remember.

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What determines the capacity of short-term memory?

What determines the capacity of short-term memory? | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Short-term memory plays a crucial role in how our consciousness operates. Several years ago a hypothesis has been formulated, according to which capacity of short-term memory depends in a special way on two cycles of brain electric activity.
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