Learning & Memory

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Recalling skills often depends on returning to your state of mind — or environment — where you first learned it.
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  • 8 min.
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A protein in neurons enables helps flies learn about their environments and survive in the wild.
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Through neural connections, called synapses, the brain can process and store enormous amounts of information.
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How do we compare to other animals in terms of braininess, and why are researchers still looking for the best brain test?
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Think of a skill you have, something that took practice, but now feels easy. Perhaps it’s serving in tennis, or a new dance step, or juggling — something I used to be able to do.
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The brain adapts to change by altering the connections between neurons.
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Synapses in the hippocampus may hold a key to the processes behind Alzheimer’s disease.
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Neuroscientists have long understood that the cerebellum is important for controlling bodily movements, by making them more fluid and coordinated, but researchers have also long appreciated that cerebellum does much more.
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A good night's sleep can strengthen memories and promote creative thinking.
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NBC News anchor Brian Williams apologized for his erroneous account of being aboard a helicopter forced to make an emergency landing after being hit by enemy fire while reporting on the Iraq war in 2003.
Taking breaks and quizzing yourself are two great ways to improve your memorization.
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American chef Bryan Voltaggio describes how he experiments with flavors to create unique dining experiences for his guests.
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A neuroscientist describes how a friend's attempted suicide motivated her to use her knowledge of physics to study the brain.
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