How we learn things shapes our memory

Dec 30, 2019 by

New research shows that we have multiple networks in our brain to help us store learned knowledge or associations. Even if that part of the brain is damaged, the brain will still leave alternative mechanisms available for learning....

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Childhood cognition may predict dementia risk later in life

Dec 27, 2019 by

Researchers looked at 502 people born in the same week in 1946 who had taken cognitive tests at age 8 and again at ages 69-71. They found that childhood cognition was a good predictor of dementia later in life,...

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Researchers activate problem-solving during sleep

Dec 19, 2019 by

In a fascinating new piece of research, scientists were able to get study participants solve puzzles in their sleep. The researchers had participants solve part a puzzle while listening to a unique sound. While the volunteers slept, the scientists...

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Diets high in salt may promote cognitive decline

Dec 17, 2019 by

How could a diet high in salt promote cognitive decline? According to new research, it destabilizes levels of the protein tau, which is the hallmark of dementia. In a new study on mice, scientists found that a high-salt diet...

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Omega-3s helped ADHD in some youth

Dec 12, 2019 by

According to new research, omega-3 supplements helped kids and teens between ages 6 and 18 with ADHD who had lower levels of EPA in their blood. It appears the supplement replenished a lack of the nutrient....

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Sleep deprivation triples lapses in attention

Dec 10, 2019 by

New research published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General found that sleep deprivation can triple the number of lapses in attention and double the odds of making “placekeeping” errors. These are errors in how well you follow complex...

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Extra virgin olive oil may protect against dementias

Dec 5, 2019 by

A new study on mice, scientists found that a diet rich in extra virgin olive oil appears to prevent the toxic accumulation of the protein tau. Tau is the hallmark of multiple types of dementia. In addition, brain tissue...

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