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2009-04-03 10:33:20

 Banishing a fear-inducing memory might be a matter of the right timing, according to new research.Marie Monfils, an assistant professor of psychology at The University of Texas at Austin, has taken advantage of a key time when memories are ripe for change to substantially modify memories of fear into benign memories and to keep them that way.The finding is a significant advance in learning how memory can be manipulated in rodents. It also could indicate a potential treatment for humans...

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2009-02-26 08:58:42

Research on the sleeping brain has revealed some fascinating stage-dependent interactions between areas involved in formation and storage of long term memories. The study, published by Cell Press in the February 26th issue of the journal Neuron, may also provide a framework for further understanding the role of sleep in memory. Mammalian sleep occurs in two discrete stages, slow wave sleep (SWS) and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. One of the many ways in which SWS and REM sleep differ is in...

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2009-02-16 07:45:00

According to a Dutch study published on Sunday, a widely available blood pressure pill could one day help people erase bad memories, possibly treating some anxiety disorders and phobias. Merel Kindt, a psychologist at the University of Amsterdam who led the study, said that the generic beta-blocker propranolol significantly weakened people's fearful memories of spiders among a group of healthy volunteers who took it. "We could show that the fear response went away, which suggests the memory...


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  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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