Memory lapse

Source: Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care Summary: Forgetfulness and age-related memory lapses are a common complaint for many older adults, but what is still not understood is what causes these changes. Recent research brings us a step closer to uncovering the answer. More Information: Zhong-Xu Liu et al, Age-related changes in the relationship betweenRead More →

Brain region

Source: Max Planck Society Summary: A European-American team of scientists has now been able to demonstrate, with electrophysiological evidence, the existence of grid-like activity in the human brain. More Information: Tobias Staudigl et al, “Hexadirectional Modulation of High-Frequency Electrophysiological Activity in the Human Anterior Medial Temporal Lobe Maps Visual Space”, Current Biology (2018).DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2018.09.035Read More →

Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats

Source: Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis Summary: Using CRISPR technology, the scientists have been able to target an altogether different type of receptor called delta-type GABA receptors. They think that natural mood-boosting substances in the brain can target these receptors. An estimated 13% of Americans take antidepressant drugsRead More →

Post-traumatic stress disorder

Source: Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne Summary: For the first time, a new study finding shed light on the processes that underlie the successful treatment of traumatic memories. Memories of traumatic experiences can lead to mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which can destroy a person’s life. It is currently estimatedRead More →

Running counteracts Chronic Stress

Source: Brigham Young University Summary: A new study finds that running mitigates the negative impacts chronic stress has on the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for learning and memory. Inside the hippocampus, memory formation and recall occur optimally when the synapses or connections between neurons are strengthened over time. ThatRead More →

Bright Light improves illumination

Source: Michigan State University Summary: A groundbreaking research by neuroscientists indicated that Spending too much time in dimly lit rooms and offices may actually change the brain’s structure and hurt one’s ability to remember and learn. The effects of light on cognitive function have been well-documented in human studies, with brighter illuminationRead More →

Memory and its molecular processes

Source: Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich Summary: Researchers in a new study has revealed that a specific molecular factor is linked with the process of synaptic plasticity and learning. Memory formation requires subtle changes in the brain structures. Continuous modification of synapses provide the functional connections that allow the nerveRead More →

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