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Phineas Gage neuroscience case: True story of famous frontal lobe patient is better than textbook accounts.

May 10, 2014

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On Sept. 13, 1848, at around 4:30 p.m., the time of day when the mind might start wandering, a railroad foreman named Phineas Gage filled a drill hole with gunpowder and turned his head to check on his men. It was the last normal moment of his life. Other victims in the annals of medicine […]

New brain cells erase old memories : Nature News & Comment

May 10, 2014

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For anyone fighting to save old memories, a fresh crop of brain cells may be the last thing they need. Research published today in Science suggests that newly formed neurons in the hippocampus — an area of the brain involved in memory formation — could dislodge previously learned information1. The work may provide clues as […]