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Ancient technique can dramatically improve memory

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Ancient technique can dramatically improve memory

A memory technique invented by the ancient Greeks can make dramatic and long-lasting improvements to a person’s power of recall, according to research that suggests many of us have extensive untapped memory reserves. After spending six weeks cultivating an internal “memory palace”, people more than doubled the number of words they could retain in a short time period and their performance remained impressive four months later. The technique, which involves conjuring up vivid images of objects in a familiar setting, is credited to the Greek poet Simonides of Ceos, and is a favoured method among so-called memory athletes. The study...

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Total recall: the people who never forget

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Total recall: the people who never forget

If you ask Jill Price to remember any day of her life, she can come up with an answer in a heartbeat. What was she doing on 29 August 1980? “It was a Friday, I went to Palm Springs with my friends, twins, Nina and Michelle, and their family for Labour Day weekend,” she says. “And before we went to Palm Springs, we went to get them bikini waxes. They were screaming through the whole thing.” Price was 14 years and eight months old. What about the third time she drove a car? “The third time I drove a car...

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Who was the abandoned man with no memory?

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Who was the abandoned man with no memory?

"Roger Curry" was all that the gentleman with the American accent said when asked his name, and he said it only once. Thus begins the strange story Darragh MacIntyre spins for the BBC, following the mysterious trail of a man found wandering a parking lot in England in late 2015. Hospital tests revealed he had dementia, which everyone knew would complicate matters, but little did they realize how tough it would prove to find out who he really was. While police checked missing-persons lists and contacted US and Canadian authorities, the man everyone called Roger was placed in a local...

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Man with Almost No Memory Keeps Notes So He Doesn't Forget

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Man with Almost No Memory Keeps Notes So He Doesn't Forget

Chen Hongzhi, from Hsinchu county, in north-western Taiwan, suffers from a unique condition – he can’t remember anything for more than five minutes. The 25-year-old literally has to start his life from scratch every day. So he writes down every single thing about himself in a diary, in order to keep track of everything that goes on around him. Hongzhi’s amnesia is the result of a serious head injury sustained during a car accident when he was 17 years old. After spending months in intensive care, his body finally recovered but the span of his memory was reduced to only...

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Scientists are a step closer to creating the memory eraser from “Men in Black”

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Scientists are a step closer to creating the memory eraser from “Men in Black”

Of all the cool gadgets in science fiction, one of the niftiest is the memory-eraser stick that Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones wield in the movie Men in Black. Now such a thing is a step closer to reality. Researchers at UC Davis have successfully erased specific memories from the brains of mice…by using beams of light. Yes—light—just like the “Neuralyzer” tool in that 1997 sci-fi comedy. Neuroscientists have long believed that memory retrieval involves two parts of the brain, the cerebral cortex and the hippocampus.”The theory is that learning involves processing in the cortex, and the hippocampus reproduces...

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