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December 21, 2012 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Spilt Milk A Novel Chico Buarque Translated from the Portuguese by Alison Entrekin Grove Press: 178 pp., $23 Eulálio d'Assumpção is on his deathbed. A century old, born into the Brazilian aristocracy, he has watched his world change, or crumble, and still he lingers. "As the future narrows," he tells us early in Chico Buarque's deft and moving "Spilt Milk," "younger people have to pile up any which way in some corner of my mind. For the past, however, I have an increasingly spacious drawing room.
March 3, 2002
Thanks for printing "The Man Who Remembered Nothing" (by Gordon Steel, as told to Dana Harris, Feb. 3). It is a touching story and beautifully written. Surely we can all learn from Steel's determination to overcome persistent memory loss and develop a career in a field where memory is everything--and from the kind and useful assistance of his friend Jerry Edelstein and the loyal support of his family. Vanda Krefft Santa Monica
November 11, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Stimulating the brain with gentle electric currents during sleep boosts memory, German scientists reported Sunday in the online version of the journal Nature. When they applied several currents that mimic natural, slow-oscillating brain waves in sleep, they enhanced the memory of medical students who had done a word-learning task by 8%. The students did not feel any sensation from the currents to the frontal cortex of the brain or any adverse side effects.
December 20, 1999 | From Washington Post
The hippocampus and the medical temporal lobes are critical for a healthy memory. They are involved in the function of the declarative memory, one of two major types of remembering. All declarative memory is conscious, meaning that a person is aware of its retrieval. It includes such tasks as the ability to briefly hold facts and then discard them or to recall episodes from earlier years. The other main type of memory is nondeclarative, or the unconscious retrieval of information.
December 5, 2005 | From Times wire reports
Brain scans confirm what many coffee drinkers already know: Caffeine perks them up. The caffeine found in coffee, tea, soft drinks and chocolate stimulates areas of the brain that govern short-term memory and attention, Austrian researchers said Wednesday at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.
March 12, 2007 | From Times wire reports
Just as the smell of watermelon might trigger a recollection of a childhood picnic, the release of odors during deep sleep can help people form new memories, a new study found. Students who received bursts of rose-scented air while they played a memory game and then received similar bursts of smell during deep sleep outperformed others by 15% when they replicated the exercise the following day, according to a study published last week in the journal Science.
August 21, 1997 | From Associated Press
Rejecting testimony influenced by a so-called truth serum, a state appeals court has ordered the dismissal of a woman's repressed-memory suit against her father, who lost his job and his marriage after she accused him of rape. Holly Ramona's proposed testimony against her father, Gary, was inadmissible because it was affected by the drug sodium amytal, the 2nd District Court of Appeal said Tuesday.
May 23, 2011 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times/ For the Booster Shots Blog
Steady exposure to the electromagnetic radiation given off by cellphones during use may disrupt fetal development, disturb memory and weaken the barrier that protects the brain from environmental toxins, says a welter of new research being presented this week in Istanbul, Turkey. The authors of the studies, published in the past two years, highly preliminary and conducted on rabbits, mice and rats, suggested that the non-ionizing radiation emitted by cellphones and the base stations that broadcast cellphone signals may fundamentally damage cells by means other than the heat that they generate.
February 19, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Scientists have shown for the first time that brain activity during sleep strengthens the ability to learn and remember -- at least in birds. But they insist the finding has meaning for humans too. Earlier human studies had shown that a good night's sleep in adults improved memory.
October 1, 2000
Did you know that the brain is not fully equipped at age 2, as previously believed, but continues to grow and develop throughout life? Scientists study the brain not only to understand how we learn and remember but also to provide clues to help doctors treat disease.
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