Topic: Center for Learning and Memory

Six Tips for Staying Sharp

Aug. 11, 2015
illustration of six ways to stay sharp

This time of year, students are cramming information into the dark corners of their brains just long enough to survive final exams. Later in life, we may come up against similar challenges with learning and memory. Here are six research-based tips for staying mentally sharp.

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Mental Rest and Reflection Boost Learning, Study Suggests

Oct. 20, 2014

A new study, which may have implications for approaches to education, finds that brain mechanisms engaged when people allow their minds to rest and reflect on things they've learned before may boost later learning.

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Neurons in the Brain Tune into Different Frequencies for Different Spatial Memory Tasks

April 17, 2014

[caption id="attachment_45469" align="alignright" width="237" caption="Place cells in the hippocampus provide a neuronal code for specific locations in space. Place cells codes represent upcoming locations at some times and reflect recently visited locations at other times. The findings by Bieri and colleagues show that place cells predict upcoming locations during periods of slow gamma rhythms and encode recently visited locations during periods of fast gamma rhythms. Illustration credit: Juliette Pepperell."]
Illustration of different gamma waves in a rats brain
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AUSTIN, Texas  Your brain transmits information about your current location and memories of past locations over the same neural pathways using different frequencies of a rhythmic electrical activity called gamma waves, report neuroscientists at The University of Texas at Austin.

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New Study Decodes Brain's Process for Decision Making

Nov. 7, 2013

When faced with a choice, the brain retrieves specific traces of memories, rather than a generalized overview of past experiences, from its mental Rolodex, according to new brain-imaging research from The University of Texas at Austin.

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Scratchpad Memory

Sept. 4, 2012
Scratchpad Memory

The brain has a function for short term memory, and professors at UT's Center for Learning and Memory are uncovering its structure.

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