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Clenching Your Fists May Provide A Memory Boost
2013-04-25 13:22:14

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Having trouble putting a name to a face at the grocery store or an annual conference? A new study in PLoS ONE suggests that clenching your fist can help dredge up information from the depths of your mind. Previous research has shown that different sides of the brain are responsible for memory storage and recall. Building on these findings, a team of New England researchers wanted to see if stimulating a particular side of the brain...

2012-03-19 19:20:41

University of Alberta led research may have discovered how memories are encoded in our brains. Scientists understand memory to exist as strengthened synaptic connections among neurons. However components of synaptic membranes are relatively short-lived and frequently re-cycled while memories can last a lifetime. Based on this information, U of A physicist and lead researcher Jack Tuszynski, his graduate student Travis Craddock and University of Arizona professor Stuart Hameroff...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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