Category Archives: Memory

Theories of Memory and Aging: A Look at the Past and a Glimpse of the Future

The present article reviews theories of memory and aging over the past 50 years. Particularly notable is a progression from early single-mechanism perspectives to complex multifactorial models proposed to account for commonly observed age deficits in memory function. The seminal … Continue reading

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Neural networks plasticity help the integration of new information

The human brain has a region of cells responsible for linking sensory cues to actions and behaviors and cataloging the link as a memory. Cells that form these links have been deemed highly stable and fixed. Now, the findings of … Continue reading

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Long-term stress erodes memory

Sustained stress — such as that experienced in bad marriages or when working for a beastly boss — erodes memory, and the immune system plays a key role, according to a new study. Sustained stress erodes memory, and the immune … Continue reading

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Health Check: can your brain be ‘full’?

The brain is truly a marvel. A seemingly endless library, whose shelves house our most precious memories as well as our lifetime’s knowledge. But is there a point where it reaches capacity? In other words, can the brain be “full”? The … Continue reading

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How the brain consolidates memory during deep sleep

Research strongly suggests that sleep, which constitutes about a third of our lives, is crucial for learning and forming long-term memories. But exactly how such memory is formed is not well understood and remains, despite considerable research, a central question … Continue reading

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Your Brain doesn’t contain memories, it is Memories

Recall your favorite memory: the big game you won; the moment you first saw your child’s face; the day you realized you had fallen in love. It’s not a single memory, though, is it? Reconstructing it, you remember the smells, … Continue reading

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How the Brain Builds Memory Chains

Recollections of successive events physically entangle each other when brain cells store them. Think about the first time you met your college roommate. You were probably nervous, talking a little too loudly and laughing a little too heartily. What else does … Continue reading

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Brain blocks formation of new Memories to safeguard consolidating existing Memories

According to a new study, the brain blocks the ability for creating new memories shortly after waking in order to prevent the disruption of the stabilization of memory consolidation that occurs during sleep. Bar-Ilan University scientists show that a protein … Continue reading

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REM, not Incubation, improves Creativity by priming Associative Networks

The hypothesized role of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, which is rich in dreams, in the formation of new associations, has remained anecdotal. We examined the role of REM on creative problem solving, with the Remote Associates Test (RAT). Using … Continue reading

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Illusory Memories – A Cognitive Neuroscience Analysis

Memory illusions and distortions have long been of interest to psychology researchers studying memory, but neuropsychologists and neuroscientists have paid relatively little attention to them. This article attempts to lay the foundation for a cognitive neuroscience analysis of memory illusions … Continue reading

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