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Precise Transcranial Brain Stimulation Improves Working Memory? (BBC News / Nature Neuroscience)

Summary Working memory (short-term memory) declines with age, but it appears that a new technique involving transcranial brain stimulation may have some potential for helping to restore working memory to levels typical of more youthful individuals. “The results provide insight … Continue reading

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More on the Association Between Dementia and Poor Sleep Quality (NHS Choices / Nature Neuroscience)

Summary Recent US research found an apparent link between poor sleep quality and higher levels abnormal protein (beta-amyloid plaques) in the brain. The following NHS Choices Behind the Headlines critical appraisal puts the limitations of this interesting research into perspective. … Continue reading

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More on the Cognitive Reserve Hypothesis (BBC News / Nature Neuroscience)

Summary A small study based at the University of California suggests some people’s brains may have the ability to resist early damage arising in the initial stages of Alzheimer’s Disease. In elderly subjects asked to memorise a series of pictures … Continue reading

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Caffeine Pills Improve Long-Term Memory Consolidation (BBC News / Nature Neuroscience)

Summary Research published in Nature Neuroscience indicates that taking caffeine tablets following study can improve subsequent performance on memory tests, in healthy adults. Read more: BBC News. Caffeine pill could boost memory. Reference Caffeine pill ‘could boost memory’. London: BBC Health News, … Continue reading

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Intergenerational ‘Memories’? (BBC News / Nature Neuroscience)

Summary Animal studies suggest that behaviour may be affected by events experienced by previous generations,  passed on through a form of genetic memory. This research may have relevance to the research and possibly, one day, the treatment of phobias, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorders. Read … Continue reading

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