When immediate early genes were first described in 1984, they were thought to be yet another set of proteins involved in the cell cycle. Recent research, however, suggests that these regulatory proteins may hold the key to understanding how the hippocampus forms and stores memories.Read More
Science fiction or science fact? This review of a 2015 paper by Dr. Haruo Kasai explains how a group of scientists hacked the brain with light - and explores an assumption most neuroscientists have made for decades.Read More
Reader Ella asks: “I read a theory that while dreaming, the brain cannot invent new people out of nowhere. Instead, the brain shows people we've seen while awake, or combines a mix of previously-seen physical features to create a "new" person. How would you prove/disprove this theory? Why does the brain do this?”Read More
What are the brain mechanisms at work when playing the children's game "Concentration"? Do adults benefit from playing it?
Kids seem to remember the tiniest of details from everywhere. But as adults we’ve all had our blurry moments – when all that information gets lost in the jungle of neurons and refuses to leave the tip o’ the tongue, driving us a little crazy. Tinkering with memory using simple card games and extensive brain training has been under the lens lately. But could a game like Concentration help you concentrate? Let’s find out.Read More
Does chewing gum help with memorization? Can chewing gum during a test improve your test scores?
Well ... maybe.
There is a strong effect of context on memory recall. You'll probably perform better on a test if you take it in the same room where you memorized the information included in the test. The same holds true for chomping on a stick of Juicy Fruit. ...Read More
This week on Brains & Bourbon, we share a cocktail with Rob Malenka, who describes his journey from party animal to world renowned scientist, and gives a beautiful and in-depth history of one of the most important fields in neuroscience. Plus much more!
Dr. Malenka is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral science here at Stanford.