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Novel Ligands Reverse Memory Loss Linked To Aging

New therapeutic molecules show promise in reversing the memory loss linked to depression and aging. The ligands, developed at Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), not only rapidly improve symptoms, but surprisingly, also appear to renew the underlying brain impairments causing memory loss in preclinical models. “Currently there are no medications to treat […]

Unitization Can Improve Memory In Amnesia And Regular Aging

Imagining an action between two objects and a potential consequence may help people improve their memory for relationships with other objects, according to a recent Baycrest Health Sciences study. This finding is part of an in-depth study into a natural memory strategy — termed “unitization” — that was used by an individual with amnesia, D.A., […]

Why Does This Artist With Amnesia Still Remember How To Paint?

She no longer recognizes a Van Gogh, but can tell you how to prepare a watercolor palette. She can’t recall a single famous composer, but knows the purpose of the bridge on a viola. She hasn’t flown an airplane since 2007, when viral encephalitis destroyed her hippocampus, the part of the brain used to form […]

Memory Loss: It’s Not All Amnesia

Short-term memory, long-term memory, amnesia, dementia, Alzheimer’s – people often use these terms incorrectly. The reason is partly because memory is one of the most complex mental abilities. It involves experiencing the current moment through the five senses, holding that experience for a fraction of a second, filtering just a proportion of this through to […]

Explainer: What Are False Memories?

Recent media reports have raised questions over the therapy undergone by several people making allegations of historical sexual abuse against prominent public figures. In particular, it has been suggested that certain forms of therapy run a high risk of unintentionally generating false memories of sexual abuse. But why are there such fears around these kind […]