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Can People Remember Their Birth?
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June 5th, 2014
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'Cosmic Inflation' Pioneers Snag Prestigious Kavli Prize
May 29th, 2014
Three physicists who helped further the theory that the universe experienced an extremely rapid burst of expansion right after it was born — a process known as cosmic inflation — were awarded the prestigious Kavli Prize in Astrophysics today (May 29).
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Why You Forget: 5 Strange Facts About Memory
April 18th, 2014
Although forgetting is normal and vital to how the brain works, it sometimes happens in strange or unexplained ways.
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Learning a New Language at Any Age Helps the Brain
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June 2nd, 2014
Learning a second language -- whether during infancy, childhood or the teen years -- may improve a person's thinking skills, a new study suggests.
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What's Causing Your Foggy Brain? Check These 5 Possibilities
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May 9th, 2014
That feeling of foggy thinking can make work or social relationships difficult. Lack of sleep and stress are well known to interfere with clear thinking, but there are other reasons for brain fog too.
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Antipsychotic Drugs Harm Older People, Let's Reduce Their Use (Op-Ed)
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April 9th, 2014
Psychotropic drugs are being over-used in Australian aged-care facilities to chemically restrain residents, according to both researchers and several government reports. But despite all this attention, little is being done to reduce their use.
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Memory Lapses: When Should You Be Worried?
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March 28th, 2014
If you're having some memory lapses that worry you, discuss them with your doctor.
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4 Unusual Ways Music Can Tune Up the Brain
May 30th, 2014
Music shapes the brain in many ways — it can alter brain structures in musicians, and enhance cognitive skills in children and adults alike, research shows. Still, scientists are continuing to learn much about the way the brain responds to music.
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Justifying Atrocities Alters the Memory
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April 25th, 2014
Trying to justify torture or wartime atrocities literally alters the memory, particularly in conversation with members of one's own group, new research finds. The effect could influence how people treat outsiders.
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Exercise in Young-Adult Years May Improve Brain Function
A woman looks exhausted during her workout.
April 2nd, 2014
People who are fitter in their 20s may have sharper minds in their 40s and 50s, a new study finds.
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