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Caffeine boosts long-term memory – experts respond

Peter Griffin posted in on January 13th, 2014.

UK SMC: Scientists published in Nature Neuoscience today have concluded that caffeine enhances long-term memory by improving the process of memory consolidation. Read a report on the findings from National Geographic. Our colleagues at the Science Media Centre in London rounded up reaction to the research from UK-based experts. Dr Ashok Jansari, Reader in Cognitive Neuropsychology, […]

Patching up memory with nicotine

John Kerr posted in on January 10th, 2012.

Nicotine may help improve mild memory loss in older adults, according to a new study – but experts are stressing that the findings are not a licence to self-medicate with patches or cigarettes. A clinical trial, published today in the journal Neurology, examined the effects of low-dose nicotine in people with mild cognitive impairment, which […]

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Facial expressions open to interpretation

Peter Griffin posted in on September 4th, 2009.

The way we perceive and remember another person’s facial expressions is greatly influenced by how we initially interpret their mood, according to new research co-authored by a University of Otago scientist. The findings suggest that facial expression has a potential bearing on everything from everyday misunderstandings through to more serious cases of social anxiety and […]

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