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Sleeping gives memory and learning a lift - The Insomnia Blog - Sleep Doctor Michael Breus, PhD

Sleeping gives memory and learning a lift - The Insomnia Blog - Sleep Doctor Michael Breus, PhD | Psychology Research Abigail | Scoop.it

Want to maximize your learning capacity? Get some sleep. That’s the takeaway from a study that examined the influence of sleep and time of day on learning and memory. This latest research is another piece of compelling evidence that sleeping...


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Scientists Enhance Intelligence of Mice with Human Brain Cells

Scientists Enhance Intelligence of Mice with Human Brain Cells | Psychology Research Abigail | Scoop.it

By grafting human glial cells into the brains of mice, neuroscientists were able to "sharply enhance" their cognitive capacities. These improvements included augmentations to memory, learning, and adaptive conditioning. It's a breakthrough that could yield important insights into the treatment of human brain disorders.

To conduct the experiment, the scientists created human chimeric mice — mice that were endowed with human glial cells.


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Bilingual children have a better “working memory” than monolingual children

Bilingual children have a better “working memory” than monolingual children | Psychology Research Abigail | Scoop.it

A study conducted at the University of Granada and the University of York in Toronto, Canada, has revealed that bilingual children develop a better working memory –which holds, processes and updates information over short periods of time– than monolingual children. The working memory plays a major role in the execution of a wide range of activities, such as mental calculation (since we have to remember numbers and operate with them) or reading comprehension (given that it requires associating the successive concepts in a text).

The objective of this study –which was published in the last issue of the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology– was examining how multilingualism influences the development of the “working memory” and investigating the association between the working memory and the cognitive superiority of bilingual people found in previous studies.


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AnnC's curator insight, April 14, 2013 8:38 PM

another advantage of being multilingual

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10 Psychological Experiments That Went Horribly Wrong

10 Psychological Experiments That Went Horribly Wrong | Psychology Research Abigail | Scoop.it
Psychology as we know it is a relatively young science,...

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, March 15, 2013 1:28 PM

Valuable lessons for those of us who conduct research studies.

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How The Memory Works In Learning

How The Memory Works In Learning | Psychology Research Abigail | Scoop.it

Teachers are the caretakers of the development of students’ highest brain during the years of its most extensive changes. As such, they have the privilege and opportunity to influence the quality and quantity of neuronal and connective pathways so all children leave school with their brains optimized for future success.

 


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Study shows that intelligence derives from brain cells other than neurons

Study shows that intelligence derives from brain cells other than neurons | Psychology Research Abigail | Scoop.it

A team of neuroscientists has grafted human brain cells into the brains of mice and found that the rodents’ rate of learning and memory far surpassed that of ordinary mice.  Remarkably, the cells transplanted were not neurons, but rather types of brain cells, called glia, that are incapable of electrical signaling.

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Smell and Memory: Old Feelings in a New Place | Psychology Today

RT @DrEscotet: Smell and Memory: Old Feelings in a New Place - #Neuroscience via Psychology Today – http://t.co/GXIungs0

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How you CAN forget painful memories through intentional forgetting, research ... - Daily Mail

How you CAN forget painful memories through intentional forgetting, research ... - Daily Mail | Psychology Research Abigail | Scoop.it
Daily MailHow you CAN forget painful memories through intentional forgetting, research ...Daily MailMalcolm MacLeod, a Psychology and Neuroscience Professor, had been conducting research on memory and the means in which people can improve their...

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Robbie Donaldson's curator insight, March 15, 2013 10:00 AM

This article describes the initial experiment towards helping people who suffer from depression and PTSD forget painful memories from their past. Basically, the experiment used word association to link words to specific memories and then flashed these words in front of the participants as they made a conscious effort to forget the memory. The results showed an average of a 12% derease in memory.

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Forgotten Knowledge: How Your Memory Works and How to Improve It

Forgotten Knowledge: How Your Memory Works and How to Improve It | Psychology Research Abigail | Scoop.it

Just in case you forgot, our memories are an integral part of our lives and experiences, and enrich our existence.

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How Memory Works: 10 Things Most People Get Wrong

How Memory Works: 10 Things Most People Get Wrong | Psychology Research Abigail | Scoop.it
“If we remembered everything we should on most occasions be as ill off as if we remembered nothing.”...

 

It's often said that a person is the sum of their memories. Your experience is what makes you who you are.

 

Memory, then, shapes the very core of human experience. Despite this, memory is generally poorly understood, which is why many people say they have 'bad memories'. That's partly because the analogies we have to hand—like that of computer memory—are not helpful. Human memory is vastly more complicated and quirky than the memory residing in our laptops, tablets or phones.

 

Here is my 10-point guide to the psychology of memory (it is based on an excellent review chapter by the distinguished UCLA memory expert, Professor Robert A. Bjork)


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