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Virtual Reality Can Make You Forget Pain
VR game
February 27th, 2015
It may not be too long, however, until patients will be able to ward off their agonies simply by playing virtual reality games.
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Widely Used Drugs Tied to Greater Dementia Risk for Seniors
An artist's drawing of a human mind.
January 26th, 2015
People over age 65 who frequently take over-the-counter sleep aids and certain other commonly used drugs may be increasing their risk of dementia, new findings show.
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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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Why Brian Williams May Have Misremembered (Op-Ed)
Brian Williams, memory, helicopter crash
February 14th, 2015
Before condemning Brian Williams as a narcissistic liar, let’s take a closer look at what memory research has to say about false memories and memories of traumatic experiences.
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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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People with Dementia May Have Hidden Talents, Strange Case Shows
A man plays a saxophone in front of a sunset
January 29th, 2015
A 60-year-old businessman lost his job and much of his personality to dementia. But he learned to play the saxophone exceptionally well, according to a new report of his case.
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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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