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August 1, 2015

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August 1, 2015

Sex and Violence May Not Really Sell Products

July 21, 2015 — If there's one thing advertisers think they know, it is that sex and violence sell. A new analysis, however, provides some of the best evidence to date that this widely accepted adage just ... read more

Molecule That Could Be Link That Adjusts Function of the Nervous System to the Metabolic State of the Organism Is Identified

July 15, 2015 — An important finding has led scientists to identify a molecule, Lysophosphatidic acid (LPA), as a possible element implicated in the link between the metabolic state of an organism and its cerebral ... read more

Memory, Thinking Ability Keep Getting Worse for Years After a Stroke, New Study Finds

July 7, 2015 — A stroke happens in an instant. And many who survive one report that their brain never works like it once did. But new research shows that these problems with memory and thinking ability keep getting ... read more

Emotion Knowledge Fosters Attentiveness

July 6, 2015 — Young children, who possess a good understanding of their own emotions and of those of their fellow human beings early on, suffer fewer attention problems than their peers with a lower emotional ... read more

July 2, 2015 — Researchers have uncovered further evidence of a system in the brain that persistently maintains memories for long periods of ... read more

Intrusiveness of Old Emotional Memories Can Be Reduced by Computer Game Play Procedure

July 2, 2015 — Unwanted, intrusive visual memories are a core feature of stress- and trauma-related clinical disorders such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but they can also crop up in everyday life. New ... read more

July 2, 2015 — When remembering something from our past, we often vividly re-experience the whole episode in which it occurred. New research has now revealed how this might happen in the brain. The study shows that ... read more

July 1, 2015 — In the first study of its kind researchers found that neurons in a specific brain region play a key role in rapidly forming memories about every day events, a finding that may result in a better ... read more

Sleep Deprivation Could Reduce Intrusive Memories of Traumatic Scenes

July 1, 2015 — A good night's sleep has long been recommended to those who have experienced a traumatic event. But a new study provides preliminary experimental work suggesting it could actually be the wrong ... read more

How the Stress Hormone Cortisol Reinforces Traumatic Memories

July 1, 2015 — The stress hormone cortisol strengthens memories of scary experiences. However, it is effective not only while the memory is being formed for the first time, but also later when people look back at ... read more

Small RNAs Found to Play Important Roles in Memory Formation

June 30, 2015 — A type of genetic material called “microRNA” plays surprisingly different roles in the formation of memory in animal models, researchers have found. In some cases, these RNAs increase memory, ... read more

June 25, 2015 — Errors on memory and thinking tests may signal Alzheimer's up to 18 years before the disease can be diagnosed, a new study ... read more

Color Memory Influenced by Categories, According to New Research

June 23, 2015 — While color perception universally involves the practice of categorizing colors according to basic labels, concludes a new study that investigated the influence of categorization on color ... read more

June 23, 2015 — A group of passengers who thought they were going to die when their plane ran out of fuel over the Atlantic Ocean in August, 2001 have had their brains scanned while recalling the terrifying moments ... read more

June 20, 2015 — Working memory helps children tell better lies, according to new research. The higher a child's verbal working memory, the better their ability to process the verbal information necessary to ... read more

Not Like Riding a Bike: New Motor Memories Need Stabilizing

June 18, 2015 — Well-practiced motor skills like riding a bike are extremely stable memories that can be effortlessly recalled after years or decades. In contrast, a new study shows that changes to motor skill ... read more

Dietary Trans Fat Linked to Worse Memory

June 17, 2015 — Higher consumption of dietary trans fatty acids (dTFA), commonly used in processed foods to improve taste, texture and durability, has been linked to worsened memory function in men 45 years old and ... read more

June 17, 2015 — In a remarkable demonstration of the curative power of memory, scientists have established that artificial reactivation of memories stored during a positive experience can suppress the effects of ... read more

Stronger Working Memory, Reduced Sexual Risk-Taking in Adolescents

June 17, 2015 — A study of adolescents has found that individual differences in working memory, a function of the brain that helps us make decisions, can predict early sexual risk-taking. The findings suggest ... read more

Neuroscience and Psychology Paint More Complete Picture of Sleep and Memory

June 11, 2015 — A new study integrates neuroscience and psychological research to reveal how sleep suppresses certain nerve cell activity that promotes forgetting, insuring that at least some memories will ... read more

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