Memory

News and information about how the mind works and why memory is such a complex affair.

  • Your Liver May Be 'Eating' Your Brain

    Your Liver May Be 'Eating' Your Brain

    October 15, 2013 | Article

    The liver and brain both need a compound called PPARalpha, a new study finds. If the liver uses too much PPARalpha in order to breakdown belly fat, there may not be enough left for the brain's hippocampus region to function well, the researchers said.
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  • Can Peanut Butter Sniff Out Early Signs of Alzheimer's?

    Can Peanut Butter Sniff Out Early Signs of Alzheimer's?

    October 09, 2013 | Article

    Diagnosing Alzheimer's disease in its early stages has always been challenging. But researchers believe they may have discovered a simple test that could be used to make a diagnosis of early-stage Alzheimer's disease — and it involves peanut butter.
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  • Statins Do Not Harm Memory, Study Says

    Statins Do Not Harm Memory, Study Says

    October 01, 2013 | Article

    There have recently been concerns over statins — a group of cholesterol-lowering drugs — and their effect on memory and cognition, following reports of foggy brains by some statin users. Researchers say the effect does not exist.
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  • Divorce & Other Life Stressors Linked with Dementia

    Divorce & Other Life Stressors Linked with Dementia

    September 30, 2013 | Article

    Common life stressors — such as divorce, widowhood or losing a job — may increase the risk of dementia later in life, a new study of women in Sweden suggests.
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  • 4 Reasons Why You Should Never Skip Breakfast

    4 Reasons Why You Should Never Skip Breakfast

    September 12, 2013 | Article

    People who eat breakfast tend to have a lower risk of many health conditions, studies have shown. Here's a look at the research showing why you should not skip the morning meal.
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  • Odd Hallucination: Woman Hears Forgotten Songs

    Odd Hallucination: Woman Hears Forgotten Songs

    August 20, 2013 | Article

    Researchers describe a woman who started having musical hallucinations. She did not recognize the songs in her head, but when she sang or hummed them for her husband, he identified them as popular tunes.
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  • Scientists Produce False Memories In Mice

    Scientists Produce False Memories In Mice

    July 26, 2013 | Article

    False memories can be implanted in mice and presumably humans.
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  • False Memories Implanted in Mice

    False Memories Implanted in Mice

    July 25, 2013 | Article

    Tinkering with the brains of mice, scientists have given the rodents memories of events that never occurred. The findings provide a model for how false memories might be formed in humans, who may have evolved this ability due to their creativity.
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  • Chew on This: Fewer Teeth Linked with Worse Memory

    Chew on This: Fewer Teeth Linked with Worse Memory

    July 24, 2013 | Article

    It's easy to imagine that forgetting to brush may lead to tooth problems, but could the tooth loss in turn affect the mind? Study suggests tooth loss affects the memory. Researchers offer possible explanations for the surprising link.
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  • Ape Aptitude: Chimps & Orangutans May Recall Older Memories

    Ape Aptitude: Chimps & Orangutans May Recall Older Memories

    July 18, 2013 | Article

    Chimpanzees and orangutans may remember events from the distant past, as humans do, a new study suggests. Researchers tested the animals years after they had observed tools being hidden, and found the animals still remembered where the tools were.
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