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Researchers have begun to challenge the theory that brain development comes to a complete halt once a person reaches adulthood. After detailed study, they have established that a number of things that could help regenerate and increase the number of brain cells, and has been held responsible for boosting memory and brainpower in people.
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All-nighters, energy drinks, marathon study sessions: many students push themselves to extremes when preparing for exams. But if you are really committed to doing your best, you may want to put down that Red Bull and pick up a stack of index cards.
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Overeating, poor memory formation, learning disorders, depression – all have been linked in recent research to the over-consumption of sugar. And these linkages point to a problem that is only beginning to be better understood: what our chronic intake of added sugar is doing to our brains.
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Our fond or fearful memories — that first kiss or a bump in the night — leave memory traces that we may conjure up in the remembrance of things past, complete with time, place and all the sensations of the experience. Neuroscientists call these traces memory engrams. In a new MIT study, researchers used optogenetics to show that memories really do reside in very specific brain cells, and that simply activating a tiny fraction of brain cells can recall an entire memory.
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At high school, it’s invariably the kids that day dream who get told off. But a new study suggests that it’s those of us whose minds wander that have the best working memory—and working memory is itself directly associated to intelligence.
Full story at Gizmodo
Turns out, multi-tasking online doesn’t positively exercise our brains or mental state. Heavy Internet users are 2.5 times more likely to be depressed. And web addiction reduces the white matter in our brains, basically the transmitters responsible for our memory and sensory abilities.
Children whose mothers nurture them have brains with a larger hippocampus—a region vital for learning and memory. This study validates something that seems to be intuitive, which is just how important nurturing parents are to creating adaptive human beings.
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Dreaming may improve memory, boost creativity, and help you better plan for the future, new research suggests. In a recent study, people who took naps featuring REM sleep—in which dreams are most vivid—performed better on creativity-oriented word problems. That is, the REM, or rapid eye movement, sleep helped people combine ideas in new ways, according to psychiatrist Sara Mednick, who led the study.