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Memory Making Linked to Gene and Protein, Research Shows
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August 19th, 2014
Discovery of the Arc gene and its like-named protein is leading to breakthroughs in how memories form and are recalled as well as giving hope to developing treatments for memory disorders like Alzheimer’s.
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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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Emergency Plane Landing Yields PTSD Clues
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August 13th, 2014
Interviews with survivors of an emergency plane landing are helping researchers understand how certain memories may increase the risk for post-traumatic stress disorder, a new study finds.
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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
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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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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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