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Imagination and Reality Look Different in the Brain
An artist's image of the human mind.
December 23rd, 2014
In the brain, the information from real events that we see flows "up" from one brain lobe to another, but the images that we imagine flow "down," new research finds.
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Virtual Reality Affects Brain's 'GPS Cells'
Rat in virtual reality
December 5th, 2014
Virtual reality is a growing technology used in everything from videogames to rehab clinics to the battlefield. But a new study in rats shows that the virtual world affects the brain differently than real-world environments, which could offer clues for ho
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Late-Night Meals May Interfere with Memory, Research Suggests
November 24th, 2014
The hectic pace of modern life means that people are often eating at odd times of the day and night, and these shifted schedules could be taking a toll on memory, new research suggests.
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Déjà Vu All Over Again: This Man Relived Every New Moment
December 19th, 2014
A man's persistent déjà vu puzzles scientists who probed his brain to find an explanation.
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Eyewitness Testimony is Far From Perfect
Police station lineup, witnesses, eyewitnesses, inconsistency
December 1st, 2014
But psychological scientists who study human perception and memory are not surprised at all.
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Trans Fats May Hurt Memory
image shows a food label
November 20th, 2014
It might be difficult to carefully avoid all of the tasty foods that contain harmful trans fats, but now there's one more reason to try: A new study shows that this type of fat may damage memory in young people.
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Cocoa Compound Staves Off Memory Loss
Dried cocoa beans
October 27th, 2014
Compounds called flavanols, which are found in cocoa beans may reverse the normal age-related memory decline that is normally seen in healthy older adults, researchers say.
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Why Painful Memories Linger
An artist's image shows neurons sending signals within the human brain.
December 9th, 2014
Scientists reveal the mechanism by which the brain creates long-lasting memories of painful or scary events.
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Many People with Dementia May Go Unscreened, Untreated
An older man works on a puzzle in his newspaper
November 26th, 2014
The majority of people with dementia have never seen a doctor about their memory and thinking problems, according to a new study published in Neurology.
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From Birth to Death, Diet Affects the Brain's Health
Brain Power
November 19th, 2014
Poor diets may adversely affect mental health in all stages of life, from fetal development through old age, a slew of new research shows.
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