3 brain games boost memory, focus, and flexible thinking

Three free brain games for your phone can help with memory, attention, and flexible thinking. And unlike with other games, there's research to back up the benefits.

Jordan Bennett-NYU | Jan. 17, 2020 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine brains cognition gaming inhibition memory mobile-devices

Large hippocampus, better memory? Not necessarily

The size of the brain's hippocampus doesn't always matter for memory in older adults. New research clarifies why.

Michigan State | Jan. 16, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine aging brains memory

Sleep is key for zebra finches learning to sing

Sleep may allow birds learning to sing to remember the useful things they learned during the day, and forget what's not important.

U. Zurich | Jan. 15, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology birds brains learning memory motor-skills singing sleep

‘Chameleon’ metal changes in response to heat

Like a chameleon changing color in response to its environment, researchers have found a way to use heat to change the surface structure of liquid metal.

Mike Krapfl-Iowa State | Jan. 13, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology heat metals polymers shape-memory-alloys smart-technology

Team nails down which neurons hold short-term memories

Neurons in the frontal lobe contain stable short-term memory information even as the brain cells change their "code" for locking in memories.

National University of Singapore | Dec. 30, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology brains memory neurons

For a universal flu vaccine, improve immune cell memory?

Scientists may have figured out why a universal flu vaccine has remained so elusive: our immune cells' faulty memory.

Katherine Fenz-Rockefeller | Dec. 20, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine immune-systems influenza memory vaccines viruses

Rats replay memories forward and backwards to make decisions

Watching the way rat brains replay their memories forward and backward while making a decision let researchers predict what it would decide.

Lawrence Goodman-Brandeis | Dec. 11, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine brains decisions memory

Listen: Emotions shape memory for people with dementia

Why can some people with dementia remember an event years in the past but then forget something that just happened? An expert explains.

Duke University | Dec. 3, 2019 | futurity
~1 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine dementia memory

Neuron transplant may prevent epilepsy after brain injury

Transplanting neurons into the brains of mice after a traumatic brain injury reduced memory loss and prevented them from developing epilepsy.

Anne Warde-UC Irvine | Nov. 15, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine brains epilepsy memory neurons traumatic-injury

Creepy research: VR spiders, squirrel fangs, and scary memories

From virtual spiders to a scary fanged squirrel, here are three creepy research stories from 2019 to celebrate Halloween.

UT Austin | Oct. 29, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology fears halloween holidays medical-researchers memory spiders virtual-reality

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