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You can learn a foreign language in your sleep: Study

July 18th, 2014 at 9:15 am » Comments Off

Swiss study finds memory for new words reinforced by listening again during sleep. Most tricks for enhancing learning that seem too good to be true usually are. Learning a new language while you sleep has exactly this kind of ring to it. How can anything you listen to while you are asleep possibly have much […]

How sniffing rosemary can increase memory by 75%

July 17th, 2014 at 9:21 am » Comments Off

Rosemary has been associated with memory enhancement since ancient times. There are many well known health benefits of the herb rosemary but scientists are now studying its specific effects with regard to memory with outstanding results.    

Will killing robots with artificial brains be unethical in the future?

July 10th, 2014 at 10:56 am » Comments Off

In the future it’s possible we will be able to create artificially human brains that emulate a real human. Imagine that in hundreds of years in the future it becomes possible to create an exact replica of any human brain on Earth. How should the copy be treated? Should scientists be allowed to experiment on […]

Do men really think about sex every 7 seconds?

June 27th, 2014 at 12:16 pm » Comments Off

We’ve all been told that men think about you-know-what far too often. Men probably don’t think about sex every seven seconds. But rather than wonder about whether this is true, Tom Stafford asks how on earth you can actually prove it or not.    

Toddlers who play non-educational games on touch screens have lower verbal test scores: Study

June 23rd, 2014 at 11:48 am » Comments Off

“Technology can never replace a parent’s interaction with his or her child.” Children who played non-educational games using touch-screen devices had lower verbal scores upon testing, according to a recent study by pediatricians from the Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York. The study examined children from 0-3 years old that used touch-screen devices to […]

Researchers discover gene that stimulates growth of new brain cells in adults

June 18th, 2014 at 5:34 pm » Comments Off

Increased length of the hippocampus dentate gyrus (DG) for overexpressed TLX gene vs. control group. City of Hope researchers have found that over-expressing a specific gene could prompt growth in adults of new neurons in the hippocampus, where learning and memory are regulated.    

Top 10 lazy ways to appear smarter than you are

June 16th, 2014 at 1:15 pm » Comments Off

Just believing you can get smarter is enough to make you smarter. Having smarts is all the rage now.  We aren’t just talking about street smarts but we’re talking about brainy smarts. Unfortunately, getting smarter involves work and work is something smart people prefer to avoid. Fortunately, appearing smarter is much easier than actually being […]

This is your brain on a smartphone

June 14th, 2014 at 8:52 am » Comments Off

A mobile junkie. When is the last time you powered your smartphone all the way down?  Try turning it all the way off now. Take your phone out and turn it off (note: this is not advised if you are reading this on your mobile. In this case you are probably too far gone). Fair […]

Scientists erase, then restore rats’ memories

June 3rd, 2014 at 12:48 pm » Comments Off

Researchers can selectively remove a memory and predictably reactivate it by stimulating nerves in the brain. The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine researchers have erased and reactivated memories in rats, profoundly altering the animals’ reaction to past events.    

Longevity gene may enhance brain power

May 22nd, 2014 at 10:07 am » Comments Off

If scientists could boost the brain’s ability to function, they may be able to counter dementias. For the first time ever, scientists have shown that people who have a variant of a gene called KLOTHO also have improved cognitive abilities, including better memories and enhanced thinking skills.    

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