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‘Bioelectric memory patch’ promises to boost short-term memory. Could it really work?

Diana Kwon | 
What if you could boost your brain’s processing capabilities simply by sticking electrodes onto your head and flipping a switch? ...
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Can we boost human memory by tweaking the microbiome?

A new study is among the first to trace the molecular connections between genetics, the gut microbiome and memory in ...
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Specialized ‘event’ cells help your brain keep all your memories organized, study suggests

Simon Makin | 
Our recollection of events is usually not like a replay of digital video from a security camera—a passive observation that ...
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Our brains on trial: How new imaging technology could alter the way courts view ‘neurolaw’ defenses when determining guilt

Eryn Brown | 
States of mind that the legal system cares about — memory, responsibility and mental maturity — have long been difficult ...

People with better memories may have better romantic relationships, study suggests

David Hambrick | 
Common topics of marital disagreement are money, sex and time spent together. None of this will surprise anyone who has ...
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Could a pill make you need less sleep? This genetics research suggests it could happen

Karen Weintraub | 
We all wish we could get by on less sleep, but one father and son actually can—without suffering any health ...
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‘Artificial’ memory and identity’: Scientists create memories ‘indistinguishable’ from natural ones—in mice

Robert Martone | 
Experience and memory are inexorably linked, or at least they seemed to be before a recent report on the formation of completely ...
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How animal memories can be harnessed in the quest to treat Alzheimer’s

April Reese | 
Alzheimer's trials are notoriously disappointing. The discovery that rats have episodic memory means researchers can test drugs before they move ...
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Does air pollution contribute to poor attention, memory problems for kids?

Jackie Rocheleau | 
Over the past decade or so, in both animals and humans, in the lab and in the real world, scientists ...
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‘Built to forget’: Why memory lapses are good for our brains

Lauren Gravitz | 
Until about ten years ago, most researchers thought that forgetting was a passive process in which memories, unused, decay over ...
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If you can’t remember your dreams, is there something wrong with you?

Megan Schmidt | 
What is it about people who don’t remember their dreams that sets them apart from the people that do? Is ...
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Brain’s ‘instant replay’ system helps us make better decisions

Bret Stetka | 
A report published on June 27 in Science reveals how the hippocampus learns and hard wires certain experiences into memory ...
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Drugs used for depression, epilepsy may increase risk of dementia, study shows

Jacqueline Howard | 
Scientists have long found a possible link between anticholinergic drugs and an increased risk of dementia.  A study published in ...
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Surgically implanted chips could boost memory for people with traumatic brain injuries

Caroline Winter | 
Over the past five years, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) has invested $77 million to develop devices ...
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Electrical ‘brain ripples’ could boost memory for the elderly, Alzheimer’s patients

Simon Makin | 
Specific patterns of brain activity are thought to underlie specific processes or computations important for various mental faculties, such as ...

Video: See how the brain makes memories

Nicholas Turk-Browne | 
Watch Princeton University’s Nicholas Turk-Browne describe his research on how the human brain makes, stores and adjusts memories. Read full, ...

Learn while sleeping? Listening to foreign words could ‘enhance’ language abilities

Megan Schmidt | 
[L]istening to French on tape while you sleep is unlikely to instantly give you the ability to order a vanilla ...

Can’t remember what happened last night? How alcohol creates blackouts

Carolyn Johnson, Joel Achenbach | 
The allegations of sexual assault against Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh have a common element of binge drinking, and highlight the ...

Remembering last year like last week: Is a perfect memory a blessing or a curse?

George Dvorsky | 
The ability to remember every moment of your life sounds like an amazing proposition, but for the very few people ...

Giving artificial intelligence a ‘memory’ and why that’s so remarkable

Dan Robitzski | 
AI systems’ tendency to forget the things it previously learned upon taking on new information is called catastrophic forgetting. … For ...

Mapping worm neurons to learn more about human memory

Justin Chen | 
Although memories seem ethereal, scientists believe that they may be stored in the connections between neurons called synapses. In theory, ...
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Why our earliest memories are often imagined

Ed Cara | 
If life is but a tapestry, then memory is the thread. But some of those threads may simply be imagined: ...

How dreams may help us declutter our brains and solve problems

Ben Locwin | 
Do you remember your dreams from last night? In how much detail? Were they related to anything you experienced during ...

Looking for a memory boost? Forget crossword puzzles and get more sleep

Ben Locwin | 
People try numerous methods to stave off the memory decline associated with old age, but how many of them actually ...

There’s a reason you have trouble thinking and remembering when hunger sets in

Ben Locwin | 
Why is it so hard to think while you're hungry? Researchers now believe it may come down to one protein ...
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Can we trust the eyes of those who witness crimes?

Andrew Porterfield | 
The credibility of eyewitness accounts has taken some hits from DNA evidence-based refutation of trial testimony. But there's more here ...
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Why is your memory so bad when you’re hungry?

Ben Locwin | 
Why is it so hard to think while you're hungry? Researchers now believe it may come down to one protein ...
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