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2010-05-12 14:23:17

Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have shown that patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) are better able to remember new verbal information when it is provided in the context of music even when compared to healthy, older adults. The findings, which currently appear on-line in Neuropsychologia, offer possible applications in treating and caring for patients with AD. AD, the most common form of dementia, is characterized by a general, progressive decline in cognitive...

2009-05-01 08:45:23

Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have found that pictures allow patients with very mild Alzheimer's disease (AD) to better recognize and identify a subject as compared to using just words. In addition, the researchers found that these patients can rely on a general sense of knowing or familiarity but not recollection to support successful recognition. These findings appear in the current issue of the journal Neuropsychologia.Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) has been...

2009-04-02 10:45:37

This is an innovative view of the neurobiological mechanisms of cognitive control and opens up new lines of researchPsychologists and neurologists invest considerable effort in the study of working memory. In terms of information retention, there is a difference between long-term memory, which is affected in diseases such as Alzheimer, and short-term or working memory, which allows us to make immediate decisions or structure a discourse. This more ephemeral memory is affected in diseases such...

2009-02-09 07:33:25

You know the feeling. You make a decision you're certain is merely a "lucky guess." A new study from Northwestern University offers precise electrophysiological evidence that such decisions may sometimes not be guesswork after all. The research utilizes the latest brain-reading technology to point to the surprising accuracy of memories that can't be consciously accessed. During a special recognition test, guesses turned out to be as accurate or more accurate than when study participants...

2008-11-21 16:33:57

A U.S. psychologist links deja vu -- being in a new situation and feeling sure you have experienced it before -- to recognition memory. In a report, published in Current Directions in Psychological Science, Anne Cleary of Colorado State University says deja vu may occur when aspects of a current situation resemble aspects of previously occurring situations -- the more overlap between the elements of the new and old situations the stronger the feeling of familiarity Many parallels between...

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2008-11-19 10:22:29

All of us have experienced being in a new place and feeling certain that we have been there before. This mysterious feeling, commonly known as d©jà vu, occurs when we feel that a new situation is familiar, even if there is evidence that the situation could not have occurred previously. For a long time, this eerie sensation has been attributed to everything from paranormal disturbances to neurological disorders. However, in recent years, as more scientists began...


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