What ‘super-agers’ can teach us about memory
Seniors over the age of 80 with excellent memories have thicker cortices, the memory center of the brain. This finding could aid Alezheimer’s research.
Good fat, bad fat: What’s good for your body also good for your brain
Across a four-year study, women who ate more foods with mono-unsaturated fat, like avocados, had better cognitive function and memory.
Deep brain stimulation enhances memory
Tiny electrical shocks to the brain just before learning a new task strengthened memory in a handful of patients with epilepsy.
Pot smoking not tied to middle-age mental decline
In the study, past and current users of marijuana actually scored higher on memory tests than those who didn’t use the drug.
Want to improve long-term memory? Ask a sea slug.
Researchers used information about biochemical pathways in the brain of the sea slug Aplysia to design a computer model that identified the times when the mollusk’s brain is primed for learning.
James L. McGaugh, a memory researcher at the University of California Irvine, is studying a small number of people who have incredible recall for the details of their lives. We talk to him about these extraordinary minds.
What 9/11 teaches us about national tragedy and the human psyche
Vivid memories of national events like 9/11 are called flashbulb memories. Once thought to be resistant to decay, flashbulb memories are now more intriguing for their social meaning.
Age-related cognitive decline — that moment of ‘where did I leave my keys’ that happens more and more as we age — has been turned around in monkeys. Scientists transformed aging brain cells into young ones, capable of sustaining working memory, through which the brain is able to hold a thought for a short period of time.