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Cinnamon Might Make Us Better Learners

Mice who ate cinnamon showed improved memory, learning

(Newser) - Scientists say they've discovered "one of the safest and the easiest approaches to convert poor learners to good learners." And all you have to do is eat cinnamon. Researchers at Rush University Medical Center say that feeding cinnamon to mice with a poor learning ability turned them... More »

Scientists Spot a Trick to Help Erase Memories

It's all about the context of the memory

(Newser) - There are plenty of people who might benefit from intentionally forgetting certain memories—those who've been in combat, or suffered some form of abuse, for instance, and consequently struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder. Now researchers at Dartmouth report in the journal Psychonomic Bulletin & Review that they've figured... More »

Meet the Woman Who Can't Remember Her Life

Susie McKinnon has a rare condition

(Newser) - Susie McKinnon lives in the present. The 60-year-old from Olympia, Wash., has no choice. She lacks the ability to form episodic memories—"those impressionistic recollections that feel a bit like scenes from a movie." In a lengthy piece in Wired , Erika Hayasaki compares memory to a favorite book... More »

Memories Lost to Alzheimer's May Not Be Gone Forever

New research 'shatters a 20-year paradigm'

(Newser) - For decades, scientists believed the memories lost by Alzheimer's patients were gone for good, the Washington Post reports. But a new study out of MIT and published in Nature shows those memories may still be somewhere in the brain and, what's more, could be recoverable. That's because,... More »

There's a Delicious Way to Fight Dementia

Study: Blueberries boost cognitive function in those with mild impairments

(Newser) - Think your memory is starting to slip? Start munching on blueberries. Researchers at the University of Cincinnati say chowing down on the "superfruit" may help treat patients with cognitive impairments. Elaborating on earlier research that showed animals who consumed blueberries saw improved cognitive function, scientists conducted two studies: In... More »

How Pretty Faces Affect Your Memory

Men should look at hotties on quiz night, apparently

(Newser) - Want to give your memory a boost? Trying gazing at a good-looking person of the opposite sex—if you're a man, at least. Two experiments conducted as part of a study published in December 2015 show that guys who look briefly at an image of an attractive woman fare... More »

Name That President? Americans Have Weird Answers

71% of those surveyed think we were once led by President Alexander Hamilton

(Newser) - Alexander Hamilton was many things—a bastard from the Caribbean, the founder of the Bank of New York, the father of the US Coast Guard, and the first Secretary of the Treasury, to name a few. But the man who died in a duel against Aaron Burr at the age... More »

What Daily Pot Use Does to Your Memory

Study finds slight verbal memory loss per five years of use

(Newser) - Marijuana may have no effect on a teen's IQ , but a new study suggests cognitive problems will appear in time with daily use. Researchers out of Switzerland's University of Lausanne studied the marijuana habits of 3,400 participants beginning as young adults via data compiled over 25 years.... More »

Your Essence Is Rooted in Your Character, Not Intellect

Who we are may have more to do with what we stand for than what we know

(Newser) - In an attempt to begin to tackle the age-old question of what shapes one's identity, researchers at Duke and the University of Arizona surveyed the caregivers of those with different neurodegenerative diseases to see which ones seemed most likely to strip away the essence of a person. Reporting in... More »

Women Recall Rapes Accurately Even While Intoxicated

They may not remember as much, but what they do is trustworthy

(Newser) - Undergoing questioning as a rape victim is difficult, but even more so if the victim is made to feel her recollections are untrustworthy—a reaction that's more probable if she was intoxicated during the assault. "Out of these concerns, the police might forgo interviewing victims," University of... More »

It's Always March 14, 2005, for This Man

Man can't remember anything for longer than 90 minutes after dentist visit

(Newser) - March 14, 2005, was a day like any other for William, a 38-year-old member of the British Armed Forces stationed in Germany. He got up, went to the gym, played volleyball, and answered emails from his office. By 2:40pm, he was sitting in a dentist’s chair for a... More »

Study: Here's What Happens When You Mix Pot, Booze

Drinking and smoking doubles one's chances of arrests, work problems

(Newser) - Is it a worse idea to use marijuana and alcohol together than alone? A study published in May and picked up by Scientific American has answered that question for what scientists say is the first time. Researchers write in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research that no study has previously "... More »

6 Signs You May Suffer From 'Digital Amnesia'

Reliance on using digital devices to store info may be making us forget things: study

(Newser) - Are you suffering from the "Google Effect"? According to a Kaspersky Lab survey of 1,000 consumers ages 16 and older, no age group is immune to what's also known as "digital amnesia," a phenomenon that Kaspersky says occurs when we forget information because we'... More »

To Keep Memory Greased, Go Mediterranean

Diet with olive oil, nuts, may slow cognitive decline: study

(Newser) - A Mediterranean diet doesn't just add years to your life , it may also help you remember those years more clearly. A small study suggests a diet high in vegetables, legumes, and whole grains, plus olive oil or nuts, can improve memory and brain power, Reuters reports. Researchers in Barcelona... More »

What It's Like to Live Life 'in the Third Person'

People with a little-understood disorder struggle to recall experiences

(Newser) - A new study is providing insight into a mysterious memory condition: For people with lifelong severely deficient autobiographical memory, a researcher says, "it's as if their past was experienced in the third person." Those with SDAM don't have "personal recollection," Dr. Brian Levine notes... More »

Sleep Apnea, Heavy Snoring Linked to Memory Decline

But breathing machines may slow that loss

(Newser) - If you're prone to heavy snoring or sleep apnea, you could also be prone to something a lot more serious: memory and mild cognitive decline, including Alzheimer's, at a much earlier age. So say researchers out of New York University in the journal Neurology . They studied 2,470... More »

To Boost Your Memory, Take a Nap

Researchers find a 45- to 60-minute snooze is a big help

(Newser) - A new study supports the idea that nap time shouldn't only be for kids. Researchers in Germany found that subjects who napped for 45 to 60 minutes were five times better at a memory task than those who watched a movie instead, MarketWatch reports. The memory task involved recalling... More »

Study Has Bad News for Teen Potheads

It finds a link between daily use in teens, reduced-term memory in adulthood

(Newser) - Marijuana may be 114 times less deadly than alcohol , but that doesn't mean it's without its negative consequences, per a study published today in the journal Hippocampus . Northwestern University researchers found that former teen potheads—more technically, those who lit up daily for roughly three years—had a... More »

Could Ultrasound Restore Memories After Alzheimer's?

In mice at least, a new approach activates a cell that fights the disease

(Newser) - Alzheimer's disease is currently marching through the brains of some 5 million Americans, eradicating vast swaths of memories in a seemingly irrecoverable assault on cognition. But what if those memories were recoverable, that devastating assault reversible? Scientists in the journal Science Translational Medicine think they have a solid shot... More »

Your Memories of 9/11 Might Be Wrong

Researchers find discrepancies in personal 'flashbulb' recollections

(Newser) - Quick, where were you when you heard about the 9/11 attacks? Who were you with? If you're like most people, you've got answers at the ready. But as it turns out, there's a decent chance your answers are wrong, reports Time . That's the upshot of a... More »

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