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Discussions Discussion Science - Neurology
Mark Collins, Feb. 20, 2012

Regular exercise can improve memory and learning: Scientists

Exercising for up to an hour a day can improve memory and learning in children and the elderly, scientists have found.

Walking or cycling regularly for between six months to a year can improve memory and problem solving skills in the elderly by between 15 and 20 per cent, according to researchers.

Professor Art Kramer, director of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois, who led the research, said their findings could have major implications for improving children’s performance at school, and it could also be used to help the elderly combat memory loss in old age.

http://www.todayonline.com/Health/EDC120220-0000109/Regular-exercise-can-improve-memory-and-learning—Scientists

http://youtube.com/watch?v=A5-kbfnCq6M
Mark Collins
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Discussions Discussion Science - Neurology
Dan Thompson, Feb. 18, 2012

Jeff Hawkins on how brain science will change computing

Treo creator Jeff Hawkins urges us to take a new look at the brain — to see it not as a fast processor, but as a memory system that stores and plays back experiences to help us predict, intelligently, what will happen next.

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/jeff_hawkins_on_how_brain_science_will_change_computing.html
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Andrew P, Jan. 5, 2012

File this under “brain stunts.” Bet you didn’t know that there’s an annual world memory championship (http://www.worldmemorychampionship.com/). This year’s winner is defending champ Wang Feng.

http://english.ntdtv.com/ntdtv_en/news_china/2011-12-12/memories-put-to-the-test-in-guangzhou-china.html
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Discussions Discussion Science - Neurology
Steve Durgan, Dec. 18, 2011

Ecstasy’ may cause long-term changes in brain chemistry

Based on research with women, it appears that the so-called “rave” drug can induce a drop in serotonin levels that can last up to two years. Serotonin, the research team noted, is critical to the regulation of mood, appetite, sleep, learning and memory.

Study co-author Dr. Ronald Cowan and his colleagues report their findings in the Dec. 5 online issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=-v5RPLoMKOE
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Discussions Discussion Science - Neurology
Henry Hamilton, Dec. 10, 2011

Brain structure snapshots reveal science behind why only half of London taxi trainees pass the Knowledge test:

The scientists followed a group of 79 trainee drivers and a “control group” of 31 non-taxi drivers. Magnetic Imaging Resonance (MRI) scans were used to take brain structure “snapshots” of the volunteers, who were also given certain memory tasks.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2011/12/08/brain-structure-snapshots-reveal-science-behind-why-only-half-of-london-taxi-trainees-pass-the-knowledge-test-115875-23620070/

The 39 trainees who qualified had greater volumes of grey matter in their posterior hippocampus than the 40 who failed.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=h_0eNQl6SNI
Henry Hamilton
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