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Memory Molecule Theory Debunked By New Study
2013-01-02 16:21:26

Jedidiah Becker for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A recent study by neuroscientists at Johns Hopkins University has torn the bottom out of a widely accepted theory about how the brain creates memories. The old paradigm held that the ability to form long-term memories depended largely on the activity of a single enzyme in the brain, a notion that now appears to be entirely incorrect. In a report of their research published in the January 2 issue of the journal Nature, the...

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2008-12-23 15:20:00

Finding suggests that unwanted memories might be erasable without harming other brain functions The brain acts as a computer to both store information and process that information. In a computer, separate devices perform these roles; while a hard disk stores information, the central processing unit (CPU) does the processing. But the brain is thought to perform both these functions in the same cells "“ neurons "“ leading researchers to ask if distinct molecules within the brain...


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  • The navel or umbilicus.
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