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Long-Term Memory: What is that Elephantine Memory?

Elephantine memory So far, we have looked at sensory memory and short-term memory both of which last for under a minute. So how does one go about acquiring an elephantine memory? What are the secrets of long-term memory? Long-term memory involves actual physical changes made to the brain and is virtually limitless. In our computer, […]

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The Truth about Short-Term Memory

Have you see Memento where Guy Pearce has difficulties creating new long-term memories? What that means is that he only has his short-term memory working for him. The film was praised by neuroscientists as an accurate portrayal of the different memory systems that we possess. Types of memory So What is Short-Term Memory? Through attention, […]

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Types of Memory: Importance of Sensory Memory

I have a tough time remembering names even though I can easily remember faces, events, ideas and concepts. Does that mean I have poor memory? The answer to that is not so straightforward. In the previous post on memory, we looked at the concept of short-term, long-term and working memory. Here’s a simple diagram that […]

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What every Brain Owner should know about their Memory

Our brain is not so different from a computer after all. Here’s a closer look at the similarities between our memory and that of a computer. An overview of the computer process Memory-Computer-Analogy     1. The computer receives its input from keyboard, mouse or stylus, microphone or camera. 2. Next these inputs are processed […]

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How does meditation impact brain plasticity?

photo credit: h.koppdelaney Brain plasticity teaches us that the brain is constantly evolving. 70% of our brain cells change every day. Meditation changes the brain in many ways. 1. Meditation promotes higher order thinking through reduced stress and greater positive emotions. Meditation helps us to experience positive emotions and a sense of well-being and joy. […]

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How the Brain Works – Links 01

Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is a worldwide effort organized by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and the Society for Neuroscience to promote the public and personal benefits of brain research.  This year, BAW is being organised from  March 14-20, 2011.  However, any week is a good week to get to know our brain. This […]

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Does your brain support multi-tasking?

Everyone knows that multi-tasking means doing more than one task at the same time. Let’s face it, all of us multi-task fairly regularly. But did you know that for the brain not all multi-tasking is the same? Cognitively, multi-tasking is of two different kinds. 1) Multi-tasking that involves different brain process or structure. e.g. Humming […]

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Uncovering the Secrets of Memory to Reverse Damage in Alzheimer’s Patients

Alzheimer&8217;s is a progressive neurodegenerative disease, and seeing a loved one gradually lose control over his life and relationships, fail to recognize you, and become dependent on others just to carry out simple daily tasks is very painful. Alzheimer&8217;s disease-associated dementia is so common that it has come to be viewed as a normal consequence […]

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Can The Immune System Trigger Alzheimer’s Disease?

The amyloid hypothesis has been central to Alzheimer’s research for the last decades. It postulates that Alzheimer’s disease derives from the accumulation of the amyloid-beta peptide (A-beta), leading to the deposition of neurofibrillary tangles, made up from the microtubule-associated protein tau. But Alzheimer’s disease is also characterized by an inflammatory response, primarily driven by the […]

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Hidden Brain Podcast Review – Harnessing the Power of Our Brain’s Unconscious Mind

A brand new NPR podcast, Hidden Brain, reveals the unseen patterns in our lives, where our unconscious mind plays a phenomenal role in our day to day behavior. The magic of this podcast is that simply learning about the hidden forces that shape our perceptions, behaviors and thoughts can provide the insight needed to change […]

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