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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 […]

Balancing old and new skills – MIT News Office

December 10, 2013

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To learn new motor skills, the brain must be plastic: able to rapidly change the strengths of connections between neurons, forming new patterns that accomplish a particular task. However, if the brain were too plastic, previously learned skills would be lost too easily.A new computational model developed by MIT neuroscientists explains how the brain maintains […]

The mind at midlife

December 2, 2013

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Ask those who’ve entered the thick of middle age what they think about their mental capacities and you’re likely to hear a slew of complaints — their brains don’t work as quickly as they used to, they’re distractable and unfocused, and they can never remember anyone’s name. While some of these complaints reflect real declines […]

How Memory Works

November 25, 2013

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Language and Your Brain

November 18, 2013

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Seeing Pictures of Home Can Make It Harder To Speak a Foreign Language | Surprising Science

November 18, 2013

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If you’ve ever attempted to move to a foreign country and learn to speak the local language, you’re aware that successfully doing so is an enormous challenge. But in our age of widely distributed Wi-Fi hotspots, free Skype video calls from one hemisphere to another and favorite TV shows available anywhere in the world over the web, speaking […]

The Benefits of Bilingualism – NYTimes.com

November 6, 2013

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SPEAKING two languages rather than just one has obvious practical benefits in an increasingly globalized world. But in recent years, scientists have begun to show that the advantages of bilingualism are even more fundamental than being able to converse with a wider range of people. Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter. It can […]