Category Archives: Memory

Want to Improve Your Memory? Science Tells Us the Key

A research study led by the University of Edinburgh explored the science behind the biological processes that drive the creation of our memories. It’s called “flashbulb memory,” and understanding this one little concept can help you improve your own ability … Continue reading

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The neuroscience of nostalgia

According to Clay Routledge, associate professor of psychology at North Dakota State University, who studies how people bring meaning to their lives through memory, “Nostalgia can be seen as part of the bigger story of how emotions get stored in … Continue reading

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How we recall the past

Neuroscientists discover a brain circuit dedicated to retrieving memories. When we have a new experience, the memory of that event is stored in a neural circuit that connects several parts of the hippocampus and other brain structures. Each cluster of … Continue reading

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Blocking a key enzyme reverse memory loss

In the brains of Alzheimer’s patients, many of the genes required to form new memories are shut down by a genetic blockade, contributing to the cognitive decline seen in those patients. MIT researchers have now shown that they can reverse … Continue reading

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Expectation may be essential to memory formation

A theory that links memory encoding to expectations of future relevance may better explain how human memory works, according to a team of Penn State psychologists. Modern psychology posits two major theories to explain the mechanisms of how memories are … Continue reading

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The Age-Related Memory Decline

A new study reports increased levels of STEP in the hippocampus is linked to mild cognitive impairment. In mice, rats, monkeys, and people, aging can take its toll on cognitive function. A new study by researchers at Yale and Université … Continue reading

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A new glimpse into working memory

Study finds bursts of neural activity as the brain holds information in mind, overturns a long-held model. When you hold in mind a sentence you have just read or a phone number you’re about to dial, you’re engaging a critical … Continue reading

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Brain waves guide memory formation

Neurons hum at different frequencies to tell the brain which memories it should store. Our brains generate a constant hum of activity: As neurons fire, they produce brain waves that oscillate at different frequencies. Long thought to be merely a … Continue reading

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Molecular basis for Memory and Learning: Brain development and plasticity share similar signaling​ pathways

Learning and memory are two important functions of the brain that are based on the brain’s plasticity. Scientists now report on how a trio of key molecules directs these processes. Their findings provide new leads for the therapy of Alzheimer’s … Continue reading

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An unpleasant emotional state reduces working memory capacity

Emotional states can guide the actions and decisions we make in our everyday life through their influence on cognitive processes such as working memory (WM). We investigated the long-lasting interference that an unpleasant emotional state had on goal-relevant WM representations … Continue reading

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