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Glasgow in the 'good old days'
With corned beef making a comeback, period dramas filling primetime TV and the styles of the 60s and 80s frequently gracing the fashion catwalks, nostalgia is playing an important role in everyday life. It inspires art and politics, it is being used to sell everything from food to furniture and it shapes the identity of individuals and entire communities. (2011-10-28)

A World Series to remember?
It's a moment burned into the minds of Red Sox and Yankee fans alike -- sitting inches away from the television, fists clenched, tightness in the chest and the unbearable urge to look away... (2011-10-25)

Forgetting is part of remembering
It's time for forgetting to get some respect, says Ben Storm, author of a new article on memory in Current Directions in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. (2011-10-18)

Neuroscience 2011 press program announced
New research findings about the brain and related disorders will be presented at Neuroscience 2011 in Washington, Nov. 12-16. Among the many findings are how the brain adapts during development, learning, and decision-making; how genes and the environment work in tandem to influence behavior and disease; and how novel science is changing the understanding of pain, mental illness, and aging. Neuroscience 2011 hosts a working press room and provides complimentary registration to reporters. Off-site credentialed reporters may access press conferences live via Webcast. (2011-10-11)

Researchers study aging's effect on the brain
Biologists at the University of York and Hull York Medical School, working with scientists at the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry in Plymouth, have discovered that under stressful conditions, such as neurodegeneration due to Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease, synapses grow excessively, potentially contributing to dysfunction. (2011-10-10)

Zinc's role in the brain
Zinc plays a critical role in regulating how neurons communicate with one another, and could affect how memories form and how we learn. The new research, in the current issue of Neuron, was authored by Xiao-an Zhang, now a chemistry professor at the University of Toronto Scarborough, and colleagues at MIT and Duke University. (2011-10-05)

A shot of cortisone stops traumatic stress
Professor Joseph Zohar of Tel Aviv University says that a single extra dose of cortisone -- which the body naturally produces just after a traumatic event -- reduces the chance that an individual will develop PTSD by 60 percent. (2011-10-04)

Breakthrough brain study reveals stress code
Neuroscientists investigating the 'brain code' claim to have made a significant step forwards in understanding how the brain deals with stress- and mitigates its impact. (2011-10-03)

Millesecond memory
An experiment published in the 28 September issue of Nature in which rats are (2011-09-28)

People learn while they sleep, study suggests
People may be learning while they're sleeping -- an unconscious form of memory that is still not well understood, according to a study by Michigan State University researchers. (2011-09-27)

Cancer protein's surprising role as memory regulator
Scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School have found that a common cancer protein leads a second, totally different life in normal adult brain cells: It helps regulates memory formation and may be implicated in Alzheimer's disease. (2011-09-22)

Zinc regulates communication between brain cells
Zinc has been found to play a critical role in regulating communication between cells in the brain, possibly governing the formation of memories and controlling the occurrence of epileptic seizures. (2011-09-21)

Motor memory: The long and short of it
For the first time, scientists at USC have unlocked a mechanism behind the way short- and long-term motor memory work together and compete against one another. (2011-09-13)

Ability to remember memories' origin not fully developed in youths
During childhood and adolescence, children develop the ability to remember not only past events but the origin of those memories. New research finds that the ability to remember the origin of memories is a relatively long process that matures during adolescence but isn't fully developed until adulthood. This study included18 children, 20 adolescents, and 20 young adults, all of whom completed a two-part computer-based memory task developed by the researchers. (2011-08-30)

'Time cells' bridge the gap in memories of event sequences
New research published by Cell Press in the Aug. 25 issue of the journal Neuron finds that there are neurons in the hippocampus that encode every sequential moment in a series of events that compose a discrete experience. (2011-08-24)

CSHL neuroscientists show activity patterns in fly brain are optimized for memory storage
A research team at CSHL shows large populations of neurons in the brains of living fruit flies responding simultaneously to a variety of odors. Results reveal a portion of the fly brain important in learning and memory responds in a characteristic fashion that helps explain how an association is made between an odor and an experience -- the basis of a memory. (2011-08-18)

A change in perspective could be all it takes to succeed in school
Knowing the right way to handle stress in the classroom can make the difference between success and failure for the millions of students going back to school this fall, new research shows. Researchers found that a hormone released in response to stress, can either be tied to a student's poor performance on a math test or contribute to success, depending on the frame of mind of the student going into the test. (2011-08-09)

NYU neuroscientists identify how the brain remembers what happens and when
New York University neuroscientists have identified the parts of the brain we use to remember the timing of events within an episode. The study enhances our understanding of how memories are processed and provides a potential roadmap for addressing memory-related afflictions. (2011-08-04)

Have we met before? Scientists show why the brain has the answer
Have you ever been approached by someone whose face you recognise but whose name you can't remember? Neuroscientists at the University of Bristol have identified the reasons behind why we are, at times, unable to link a face to a name. (2011-08-04)

National survey reveals widespread mistaken beliefs about memory
A new survey reveals that many people in the US -- in some cases a substantial majority -- think that memory is more powerful, objective and reliable than it actually is. Their ideas are at odds with decades of scientific research. (2011-08-03)

New research might help people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder
Researchers at the University of Bristol have discovered a mechanism in the brain that explains for the first time why people make particularly strong, long-lasting memories of stressful events in their lives. (2011-08-01)

Caltech researchers create the first artificial neural network out of DNA
Researchers at Caltech have now taken a major step toward creating artificial intelligence -- not in a robot or a silicon chip, but in a test tube. The researchers are the first to have made an artificial neural network out of DNA, creating a circuit of interacting molecules that can recall memories based on incomplete patterns, just as a brain can. (2011-07-20)

Memories may skew visual perception
Vanderbilt University psychologists have found that our visual perception can be contaminated by memories of what we have recently seen, impairing our ability to properly understand and act on what we are currently seeing. (2011-07-19)

UWM research offers hope for treatment of cocaine addiction
UWM researchers discovered that a common beta blocker, used to treat people with hypertension, has shown to be effective in preventing the brain from retrieving memories associated with cocaine use in animal-addiction models. Cocaine is one of the worst drug addictions to kick, with about 80 percent of those trying to quit experiencing a relapse within six months. (2011-07-15)

Study demonstrates how memory can be preserved -- and forgetting prevented
A new study by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center suggests that specific brain areas actively orchestrate competition between memories, and that by disrupting targeted brain areas through transcranial magnetic stimulation, you can preserve memory -- and prevent forgetting. (2011-07-08)

Gene study offers clues on memory puzzle
Scientists have shed light on why it is easier to learn about things related to what we already know than it is to learn about unfamiliar things, according to a new study. (2011-07-08)

London bombing memories explored
Six years on from the devastating July 7 London bombings and in the wake of the inquest into the attacks, a special issue of the journal Memory Studies, published by SAGE, explores new research into our collective memories of this tragic event. (2011-07-06)

The biology behind alcohol-induced blackouts
Neuroscientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified the brain cells involved in alcohol-related blackouts and the molecular mechanism that appears to underlie them. Alcohol interferes with key receptors in the brain, which in turn manufacture steroids that inhibit long-term potentiation, a process that strengthens the connections between neurons and is crucial to learning and memory. (2011-07-06)

New research shows that we control our forgetfulness
Have you heard the saying (2011-07-05)

Thanks for the memories
Weizmann Institute scientists track brain activity as false memories are formed, revealing how social pressure can affect what we remember. (2011-06-30)

In search of the memory molecule, a key protein complex discovered
Have a tough time remembering where you put your keys, learning a new language or recalling names at a cocktail party? New research from the Lisman Laboratory at Brandeis University points to a molecule that is central to the process by which memories are stored in the brain. A paper published in the June 22 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience describes the new findings. (2011-06-22)

Restoring memory, repairing damaged brains
Scientists have developed a way to turn memories on and off -- literally with the flip of a switch. Using an electronic system that duplicates the neural signals associated with learning, they replicated the brain function in rats associated with long-term learned behavior, even when the rats had been drugged to forget. (2011-06-17)

A better way to remember
Scientists and educators alike have long known that cramming is not an effective way to remember things. With their latest findings, researchers at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan, studying eye movement response in trained mice, have elucidated the neurological mechanism explaining why this is so. Published in the Journal of Neuroscience, their results suggest that protein synthesis in the cerebellum plays a key role in memory consolidation, shedding light on the fundamental neurological processes governing how we remember. (2011-06-17)

Fear boosts activation of young, immature brain cells
Scientists have long known that fear and highly emotional experiences lead to incredibly strong memories. A new study by UC Berkeley's Daniela Kaufer and colleagues describes one way by which emotions can affect memory: The brain's emotional center, the amygdala, induces the hippocampus, a relay hub for memory, to generate new neurons. In a fearful situation, these newborn neurons are activated by the amygdala, providing a (2011-06-14)

Drug may help overwrite bad memories
Recalling painful memories while under the influence of the drug metyrapone reduces the brain's ability to re-record the negative emotions associated with them, according to a study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. The study by a team of University of Montreal researchers at the Centre for Studies on Human Stress of Louis-H. Lafontaine Hospital challenges the theory that memories cannot be modified once they are stored in the brain. (2011-05-27)

Drug may help overwrite bad memories
Recalling painful memories while under the influence of the drug metyrapone reduces the brain's ability to re-record the negative emotions associated with them. (2011-05-25)

Eggs, butter, milk -- memory is not just a shopping list
Often, the goal of science is to show that things are not what they seem to be. But now, in an article which will be published in an upcoming issue of Perspectives on Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, a veteran cognitive psychologist exhorts his colleagues in memory research to consult the truth of their own experience. (2011-05-23)

As time goes by, it gets tougher to 'just remember this'
The older we get, the more difficulty we seem to have remembering things. We reassure ourselves that our brains' (2011-05-13)

Infantile amnesia: Gauging children's earliest memories
Previous research has established that adults experience infantile amnesia -- an inability to recall the earliest years of their lives. Now a new longitudinal study of 140 children ages 4 to 13 explores infantile amnesia in children. In the study, children were asked to recall their earliest memories. Younger children showed more change in recalling earliest memories over time; older children showed more consistency in recalling earliest memories over time. (2011-05-11)

Faking it: Can ads create false memories about products?
People who read vivid print advertisements for fictitious products actually come to believe they've tried those products, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. (2011-05-09)

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