Neurons involved in working memory fire in bursts, not continuously

Posted in Science on 24th Mar, 2016
by Alex Muller

By having these different bursts coming at different moments in time, you can keep different items in memory separate from one another.

Obesity linked to 'worse memory'

Posted in Medicine on 27th Feb, 2016
by Alex Muller

Tests on 50 people showed being overweight was linked to worse "episodic memory" or the ability to remember past experiences.

Studying 'ripples' in the brain that could underlie memory formation

Posted in Medicine on 21st Feb, 2016
by Alex Muller

Caltech neuroscientists have looked inside brain cells as they undergo the intense bursts of neural activity known as "ripples" that are thought to underlie memory formation.

Memory capacity of brain is 10 times more than previously thought

Posted in Science on 21st Jan, 2016
by Alex Muller

'Our new measurements of the brain's memory capacity increase conservative estimates by a factor of 10 to at least a petabyte, in the same ballpark as the World Wide Web.'

Weak electrical field found to carry information around the brain

Posted in Science on 19th Jan, 2016
by Alex Muller

In a development that could lead to improved understanding of memory formation, scientists have discovered a new way information may be traveling throughout the brain.