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Rewriting the Brain’s Stories

  • January 30, 2013
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Our ability to learn is one of the great brain functions that keeps us young.  Learning can be considered moments when one pays focused attention to an experience and then encodes that experience as a memory which can then be…

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How Can Memory Improve Your Life?

According to Congressman Tim Ryan in his book A Mindful Nation, "When people have higher working memory capacity they can pay better attention, can solve problems more readily, and have more fluid intelligence--they use facts rather than just know them.  Those…

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Smoking, Memory Loss, and Aging Your Brain

According to Dr. Eric Braverman, author of Younger Brain, Sharper Mind, we unknowingly effect our brain speed and impair our memory recall circuits.  "A 2004 study in the Journal Neurology showed that over a 5-year period, memory decline for smokers…

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Memory as Fiction

Different aspects of memory are stored in different areas of the brain simultaneously. Memory retrieval is not like looking at a snapshot--it's always a reconstruction and coming together of pieces and parts. So when we think we remember exactly what…

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Multi-tasking Amnesia

Multi-tasking is productive but impairs memory retrieval greatly. Encoding of memories into the hippocampus happens best when the prefrontal cortex can focus on one thing at a time. How much of your life is fading away into the background because…

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