memory

Can scientists ‘hack’ memory?

Modern science brings us endless possibilities to help our bodies and our minds stay healthy, but some recent scientific pursuits have also been the center of controversy. One of these is researchers’ interest in manipulating memories. Is this feat possible, and if so, why would we want to achieve it? Our memories make up so much of who we are, and the things we remember can often define our experience of the world. And while…

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Area of brain linked to bipolar disorder pinpointed

A volume decrease in specific parts of the brain’s hippocampus — long identified as a hub of mood and memory processing — was linked to bipolar disorder in a study led by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). The research was published today in Molecular Psychiatry, part of the Nature Publishing Group. “Our study is one of the first to locate possible damage of bipolar disorder in specific subfields within…

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How depressive thoughts persevere, interfere with memory in people with depression

Intrusive, enduring, depressive thoughts are an ever-present part of daily life for people with depression. A first of its kind study from the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas published earlier this year in the Journal of Affective Disorders shows that depressive thoughts are maintained for longer periods of time for people with depressed mood, and this extended duration may reduce the amount of information that these individuals can hold in their memory.…

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Susceptibility for relapsing major depressive disorder can be calculated

The question if an individual will suffer from relapsing major depressive disorder is not determined by accident. Neuroscientists from the Mercator Research Group “Structure of Memory” have chosen a new research approach, using computer-based models to study the disease. They show that chronic depression is triggered due to an unfortunate combination of internal and external factors. Their research findings were published in the journal PLoS ONE. Selver Demic and his colleagues from the Mercator Research Group…

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