A Different Part of the Brain Remembers Who’s Dominant in Society, Ultimate Memory Developer eReflect Reports
Scientists have proven that people use a different part of the brain to learn about social hierarchies than the part normally used for processing other types of information. Ultimate Memory developers incorporated this information into some of the memory-building exercises in the Ultimate Memory 2013 release.
New York City, NY (PRWEB) June 04, 2013
One of the most basic of human instincts is survival, and successful survival includes learning who makes up social groups and how best to form alliances and properly communicate with those people. How the brain accomplishes this is connected to an improved memory because it requires the ability to remember social rankings and the faces of the people in each of those ranks. As the developers at eReflect, the company behind Ultimate Memory software, noted in a recent statement, researchers at the UCL Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience conducted an experiment not long ago on how the brain functions when it comes to recognizing the dominant people in society. They used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to observe the brain activity of twenty-six healthy participants and another MRI scan to examine their brain structure.
The volunteers were made to play a computer game about investing in space mining companies. They had to identify the individuals who are influential in space mining, thus determining who was who in the social hierarchy, and also had to use non-social information to find out which galaxies were rich in precious minerals. As the study’s researchers found, there was an increase in neural activity in both the amygdala and the hippocampus when the participants were learning about which individuals were powerful. But there was only activity in the hippocampus when they were gathering information about which galaxies had precious minerals.
When the researchers looked into the structures of the brains of the study participants, they found that those who are better in recognizing the social hierarchy had a larger volume of gray matter in the amygdala than those who were less capable of making those distinctions. In their statement, the development team at Ultimate Memory noted that this last result is striking in that the amygdala is responsible for emotional learning and memory modulation. Therefore, this study leads to the conclusion that people with improved memory have better chances of survival, as they know how to effectively evade conflict and improve their status by making advantageous alliances.
In Ultimate Memory 2013, part of the focus is on recognizing and remembering names and faces, both of which are crucial abilities to best take advantage of social situations. Because of the importance of brain function and a healthy memory, both for its links to social integration and for its ability to make every aspect of everyday life easier, eReflect and Ultimate Memory encourage people to focus on improving memory skills in order to be able to make the best choices and to be able to best evaluation the information around them on a day to day basis.
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