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Raise Your Fist Against Memory Loss

Memory, Science News | 2013/04/24
Raise Your Fist Against Memory Loss

Clenching your right fist may help form a stronger memory of an event or action, and clenching your left may help you recollect the memory later, according to new research. “The findings suggest that some simple body movements – by temporarily changing the way the brain functions – can improve memory.” says Ruth Propper, lead […]

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Musicians Don’t Lose Sleep Over Practice

Memory, Science News | 2013/04/15
Musicians Don’t Lose Sleep Over Practice

A new study examining how the brain learns and retains motor skills looked particulary into whether sleep enhances the learning process for musicians practicing a new piano melody. The study found that musicians who practiced and learned a new melody and were tested on it again after a night’s sleep show enhanced skill. “The goal […]

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Placebo Beer Triggers Real Dopamine Rush

Placebo Beer Triggers Real Dopamine Rush

Not a drop of alcohol was needed to trigger a hefty Dopamine rush in study participants – just the mere taste of beer did the trick. The dopamine release, of course, is normally associated with drinking, and other drugs of abuse. “We believe this is the first experiment in humans to show that the taste […]

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Reactivating memories during sleep

Memory, Science News | 2013/04/14
Reactivating memories during sleep

Why do some memories last a lifetime while others disappear quickly? A new study suggests that memories rehearsed, during sleep or waking, can have an impact on memory consolidation and on what is remembered later.

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‘Seeing’ the flavor of foods before tasting them

‘Seeing’ the flavor of foods before tasting them

“Important new insights into how people perceive food flavors” have been anounced Terry E. Acree, Ph.D. “We are beginning to understand that flavor depends on parts of the brain that involve taste, odor, touch and vision. The sum total of these signals, plus our emotions and past experiences, result in perception of flavors, and determine […]

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