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Upping a gene’s expression in rat brains made them better learners and normalized the activity of hundreds of other genes to resemble the brains of younger animals.

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In people with epilepsy, transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) does not affect memory-related brainwaves as widely claimed, researchers report.

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Lessons in Memory from a Champ

By Jef Akst | November 1, 2017

A four-time winner of the USA Memory Championship is helping scientists understand how the brain works.

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Memory Master

By The Scientist Staff | November 1, 2017

Four-time USA Memory Champion Nelson Dellis reveals some of his memory-training tactics.

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The Wada Test, 1948

By Philip Jaekl | November 1, 2017

A decades-old neurological procedure developed under unique and difficult conditions in postwar Japan remains critical to the treatment of epilepsy.

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Studies: Ketogenic Mice Live Longer, Healthier Lives

By Bob Grant | September 5, 2017

High-fat, low-carbohydrate diets are shown to increase lifespan and preserve memory in two independent mouse experiments.

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Image of the Day: Rainbow Matter

By The Scientist Staff | August 14, 2017

Using diffusion-weighted tractography, scientists can produce a detailed image of the minute neural fibers within a mouse brain.  

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The Sleeping Brain Can Learn

By Diana Kwon | August 8, 2017

Humans can remember new sensory information presented during REM sleep, but this ability is suppressed during deep, slow-wave slumber.

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Memories Erased from Snail Neurons

By Diana Kwon | June 28, 2017

Scientists block particular enzymes to remove the cellular signatures associated with specific memory types.  

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Image of the Day: Memory Maker

By The Scientist Staff | June 2, 2017

The enzyme acetyl-CoA synthetase 2 turns on memory-building genes within the nuclei of hippocampal neurons. 

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