Epilepsy Memory

Give your memory a boost with a daytime snooze

Looking to boost your memory?  A 45-minute power nap may help your brain retain information, according to German researchers.  Additional benefits of an afternoon siesta may include stress relief, improved mood, and increased productivity.  While previous studies have suggested that sleep can improve memory, the new study reported in the journal Neurobiology of Learning and Memory suggests...

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Maintain your Brain

In the past, it was commonly believed that our brain’s health was beyond our control.  We were taught that people are born with a certain number of brain cells which die over time and cannot be replaced.  Fortunately, research over the past several decades has shown that although the areas of the brain associated with memory and other thinking skills do shrink with age, it is still possible...

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Pay attention!

Attention and memory are definitely linked. For those with problems with memory, a regular part of treatment is to look at possible factors interfering with someone’s ability to focus. Intuitively, this makes sense – if you want to remember something, you probably need to pay close attention in the first place. A recent article in the journal Psychological Science supported just that....

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Step away from that French fry: Trans fats may hurt our memory (and not just our waistline)

It’s no secret that trans fat consumption is linked to negative health consequences such as heart disease and high cholesterol, but according to a recent study presented at the American Heart Association scientific conference, eating foods high in trans fats may also be adversely linked to memory performance in young to middle-aged men. Trans fats are artificially produced to turn liquid oils...

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Closer to a cure for Alzheimer’s?

Regular readers of the blog know of our interest in memory issues. The likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease is a question that comes up regularly during office visits, as do questions regarding preventing or treating such. A recent study in the Journal Aging demonstrated some promising results. Patients had diagnoses of Mild Cognitive Impairment or Alzheimer’s disease....

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A picture may be worth a thousand words, but will you remember it?

We typically think of photographs as a way to capture memories and preserve them for years to come, right?  Well, maybe not.  Though it may sound counterintuitive, a recent study in the journal Psychological Science suggests that the act of taking photos may actually diminish what we recall about the objects being photographed.  This is a remarkable finding given this day and age when...

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ADHD and toddlers

We here at the memory blog are interested not only in memory but all facets of cognitive functioning. But of particular interest to us is the area of attention, given the natural connection between problems with attention and problems with memory. A recent article in the New York Times indicated that more than 10000 toddlers ages 2 or 3 years old are being medicated outside psychiatric...

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A cup of coffee a day…

For many of us, there is nothing better than a cup o’ joe in the morning to increase our energy and give us the necessary boost to start our day.  As if that wasn’t enough, now some researchers suggest that a cup of coffee might improve memory as well.  In a study conducted at Johns Hopkins and recently published online in Nature Neuroscience, volunteers who were not regular caffeine...

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A recent article in the New York Times “Do Brain Workouts Work? Science Isn’t Sure” (http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/10/do-brain-workouts-work-science-isnt-sure/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0) discussed something that frequently comes up in memory training sessions. That is, do computer games designed to improve attention, memory, and other cognitive abilities actually help? A...

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What’s in a name?

I recently met with a patient who told me that his biggest challenge is remembering names of friends and acquaintances. This causes him great anxiety (which further exacerbates his problem) and embarrassment. He asked if I could give him any tips to help with this issue. Off the top of my head, I was able to come up with a few strategies and I thought that I’d share them with you as well, since...

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