“An Expert on Nothing” – The Work of an Investigator of False Memories

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Source: Investigating False Memories: Memory is Unreliable and Malleable Meet Elizabeth Loftus: forensic psychologist, professor, and researcher of false memories? Yes, Loftus has conducted a plethora of studies affirming her stance that, “The human memory is unreliable at best, and malleable enough to wreck the lives of the unjustly accused.” To clear things up a bit, a ‘false memory’ is literally something …

New Study Brings Together Neuroscience and Psychology to Paint a More Complete Picture of Sleep and Memory

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Source: New Study Brings Together Neuroscience and Psychology to Paint a More Complete Picture of Sleep and Memory A new study from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) integrates neuroscience and psychological research to show in animal models that sleep suppresses the activity of certain nerve cells that promote forgetting, insuring that at least some memories will last. …

Brain circuitry of positive vs negative memories discovered in mice

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Source: Brain circuitry of positive vs negative memories discovered in mice Neuroscientists have discovered brain circuitry for encoding positive and negative learned associations in mice. After finding that two circuits showed opposite activity following fear and reward learning, the researchers proved that this divergent activity causes either avoidance or reward-driven behaviors. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, they used ...

Brain Cells ‘Geotag’ Memories To Cache What Happened — And Where

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[box style=”2″] Think back to an important event in your life: a graduation, a birth, a special Thanksgiving dinner. Chances are you’re remembering not only what happened, but also where it happened. And now scientists think they know why. As we form so-called episodic memories, the brain appears to be using special cells in the hippocampus to “geotag” each event, researchers …