Transcranial Stimulation To Prevent Fear Memory Return

What if we were able to modify the negative effect of a returning memory that elicits fear? A research group from the University of Bologna succeeded was able to do this and has developed a new non-invasive experimental protocol. The result of this study, published in the journal Current Biology,…Continue readingTranscranial Stimulation To Prevent Fear Memory Return

Gene Therapy Shows Potential To Reverse Alzheimer’s Memory Loss

A world-first new treatment that reverses the effects of memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s disease has been discovered by Macquarie University researchers in a study of mice with advanced dementia. The research, co-led by two brothers, Dr. Arne Ittner and Professor Lars Ittner, from Macquarie University Dementia Research Center, builds…Continue readingGene Therapy Shows Potential To Reverse Alzheimer’s Memory Loss

Non-REM Sleep And REM Sleep Are Both Important For Visual Learning

Which sleep stage is most important for learning: REM or non-REM? Does sleep improve learning by enhancing skills while people snooze, or by cementing those skills in the brain so that they’re less likely to forget them? Do these processes occur every time someone sleeps, or only after they have…Continue readingNon-REM Sleep And REM Sleep Are Both Important For Visual Learning

Sound Pattern Memory Persists At Least 7 Weeks

Patterns of sound – such as the noise of footsteps approaching or a person speaking – often provide valuable information. To recognize these patterns, our memory holds each part of the sound sequence long enough to perceive how they fit together. This ability is necessary in many situations: from discriminating…Continue readingSound Pattern Memory Persists At Least 7 Weeks

To Let Neurons Talk, Microglia Clear Paths Through Brain’s Scaffolding

In recent years, scientists have discovered that the brain’s dedicated immune cells, called microglia, can help get rid of unnecessary connections between neurons, perhaps by engulfing synapses and breaking them down. But a new study[1] finds microglia can also do the opposite — making way for new synapses to form…Continue readingTo Let Neurons Talk, Microglia Clear Paths Through Brain’s Scaffolding

Older Adults Share Fewer Memories As They Age

The older we are, the less likely we are to share memories of our past experiences, suggests a new study. Additionally, when we do share memories, we don’t describe them in as much detail as younger people do. The results of the study[1], conducted by researchers at the University of…Continue readingOlder Adults Share Fewer Memories As They Age

Gender Differences In Memory

Although there are many physiological and psychological gender differences in humans, memory, in general, is fairly stable across the sexes. By studying the specific instances in which males and females demonstrate differences in memory, we are able to further understand the brain structures and functions associated with memory. It is…Continue readingGender Differences In Memory