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Caffeine Enhances Memory For Up To 24 Hours
2014-01-13 04:46:47

[ Watch the Video: Memory Enhancement From Coffee Consumption ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While caffeinated beverages such as coffee and tea are commonly consumed by people looking for an early morning energy boost, new research appearing in the journal Nature Neuroscience suggests that they could also serve as a memory enhancer. Michael Yassa, assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences, and his colleagues report in their study that...

2011-05-17 06:48:40

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- According to a Johns Hopkins neuroscientist the trouble with our aging brains is that they're unable to process new information, such was where the keys are or new names, as "new" because the brain pathways leading to the hippocampus -- the area of the brain that stores memories -- become degraded over time. As a result, our brains cannot accurately "file" new information, and confusion results. "Our research uses brain imaging techniques that investigate both the...

2011-05-13 15:13:48

It's something we just accept: the fact that the older we get, the more difficulty we seem to have remembering things. We can leave our cars in the same parking lot each morning, but unless we park in the same space each and every day, it's a challenge eight hours later to recall whether we left the SUV in the second or fifth row. Or, we can be introduced to new colleagues at a meeting and will have forgotten their names before the handshake is over. We shrug and nervously reassure ourselves...