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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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Memory Process: How Do We Encode Our Memories?

So far we have looked at the different types of memory. Let us now look at the Memory Process and explore how sensory memory, short-term memory and long-term memory work together to create our memories. Have you ever moved house or transferred your possessions to storage? What does it involve? The memory process (also called […]

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Memory Process: How Do We Store and Retrieve Our Memories?

The Memory Process consists of encoding, storage and retrieval. (See the previous post on encoding.) In this post, we look at the storage and retrieval process. photo credit: peasap Storage involves the process of storing and consolidating memories. The following factors lead to  better storage and consolidation of memory. Repetition. In the post on neural […]

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How Do We Improve Our Working Memory?

Our working memory refers to the ability to recall as well as process information, and is a type of memory that plays an important role throughout the course of our life. As such, it is evident that boosting working memory would improve various aspects of our lives, running the spectrum from our days in school […]

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Concussion / Mild TBI – Brain Injury Resource | BrainLine.org

Diagnosis and treatment Getting diagnosed as early as possible and then seeking treatment or rehab, if necessary, is crucial. And there are many effective short- and long-term treatments available including: Sometimes people complain of “just not feeling like themselves.” If you or a loved one notices any of these symptoms, you should seek medical attention right away. Signs […]

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Human Memory Manipulation Technology for PTSD – A Step Too Far?

National Geographic Channel will shortly air &8220;Breakthrough: Decoding the Brain&8220;. As part of a virtual roundtable, Brain Blogger was selected to screen the episode and address the thought provoking question raised therein: What if scientists were able to implant or erase memories for someone like those suffering from PTSD, this could be life changing, or […]

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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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To locate objects, brain relies on memory

Imagine you are looking for your wallet on a cluttered desk. As you scan the area, you hold in your mind a mental picture of what your wallet looks like. MIT neuroscientists have now identified a brain region that stores this type of visual representation during a search. The researchers also found that this region […]

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Brain Gym Training To Increase Memory Capacity Concentration and Improve Thinking Even Linguistics

While many spend large amounts of time, money and energy on developing their physical strength, few realize that their mental capacity can be similarly developed and strengthened. We often feel like we are simply stuck with what we’re given mentally, but that is not the case. While we all are …

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Heavy snoring, sleep apnea may signal earlier memory and thinking decline

Heavy snoring and sleep apnea may be linked to memory and thinking decline at an earlier age, according to a new study. The research also suggests that treating the disorders with a breathing machine may delay the decline.

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Extra sleep fixes memory problems in flies with Alzheimer's-like condition

Many studies have linked more sleep to better memory, but new research in fruit flies demonstrates that extra sleep helps the brain overcome catastrophic neurological defects that otherwise would block memory formation, report scientists.

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Human brain inspires computer memory

How is it possible to create computer memory that is both faster and consumes less energy? Researchers have unlocked the physical mechanisms involved in new-generation magnetic memory, and have shown that these mechanisms could be used as “synapses” in a new type of neuro-inspired system, able to learn how to store and retrieve information.

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