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Insight into how children memorise facts

September 12th, 2014

School girl doing arithmeticA new longitudinal study has helped to explain how children are able to remember facts, and why some find it easier to pull things from memory than others.

When children begin to learn basic arithmetic, they gradually switch from counting on their fingers to pulling facts from memory, which is easier for some than others, but it is unknown why. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hit songs provide insight into how memory works

September 9th, 2014

music and memoryEvery now and then there is a song that comes on the radio or television that people simply can not get out of their head.

It can be a track by one of the most famous artists in the world or it could be a song that the person does not even like but they are constantly humming it no matter what. Read the rest of this entry »

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Electric current boosts memory

September 7th, 2014

A new Northwestern Medicine study has revealed that a person's ability to remember events can be improved by targeting specific areas of the brain with an electrical current using magnetic pulses. Read the rest of this entry »

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Gene variant enhances memory by boosting brain activity

October 21st, 2011

Having a good memory could all come down to the gene variant KIBRA T allele, which has been found to boost brain activity.

Research from Umea University debunked the theory that those without the gene variant compensate for it with other functions in their brain, finding KIBRA T allele in fact leads to greater activity in the hippocampus.

Some 2,230 subjects were tested for their memory performance, with carriers of the gene variant performing better than non-carriers as previous research showed. A smaller group of 83 was then studied under a fMRI, with the findings contradicting those of previous and showing that greater brain activity is seen in carriers.

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Search engines are affecting our memories; and in other news, search engines affect memory!

August 19th, 2011

searchA recent paper published in Science magazine, suggests that the use of internet search engines is changing how our memories store information. (‘Google Effects on Memory: Cognitive Consequences of Having Information at Our Fingertips,’ Sparrow et al., 333 (6043): 776-778). We are more likely, according to the authors of this study, to forget information we know can easily be found via internet search engines. We remember where and how to find out this information with ease, but forget the information itself.  This suggests that the internet has become a source of external transactive memory for those with easy access to its information.
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