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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
August 2, 1992 | KENNETH TURAN, Kenneth Turan is The Times' film critic.
While other people complain about the absence of Westerns, Clint Eastwood continues to make them. "Unforgiven," the tale of a reformed killer tempted to fall back on his old ways, is his 10th, the latest in a steady skein that dates from Sergio Leone's "A Fistful of Dollars" in 1964. Eastwood's associations with the genre go back further still, to his 1959 debut as hard-bitten Rowdy Yates on TV's "Rawhide."
December 28, 1987 | From Associated Press
The average person loses about 30% of memory between ages 20 and 75, but a program using relaxation and Impressionistic art can help reduce the loss, according to a Stanford psychiatrist. A two-week class at Stanford University for up to 30 people aged 55 and older teaches how to develop a childlike perception, a perception that can lead to an improved memory, according to Jerome Yesavage, a geriatric psychiatrist at the university.
February 1, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Prosecutors in Cambridge wrapped up their case against defrocked priest Paul Shanley after a psychiatrist testified that it was not uncommon for adults who suffered trauma as children to repress memories of the experience. Shanley's accuser, now 27, said he remembered in early 2002 that he had been raped and molested by the former priest from 1983 to 1989 at a parish outside Boston. Shanley's lawyer has questioned the science behind repressed memory.
Much about the workings of memory remains mysterious. But scientists are learning more about its biology and operation. "You can think of memory, or remembering, as a set of mental events very similar to perception," said Fergus Craik, of the University of Toronto. When we perceive something, our brains take in information from our senses and compare it with our storehouse of knowledge--our memories--in order to make sense out of the information and act on it.
September 9, 1989 | From the Associated Press
Memory, it's been said, is the thing you forget with. Or, as playwright Harold Pinter once commented, "The past is what you remember, imagine you remember, convince yourself you remember, or pretend to remember." A University of Rochester psychologist who has studied the way people recall their experiences agrees that indeed, when people think about their past, their memories are anything but reliable.
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