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'It's a Problem:' Democrats Assess the 8-Word Biden Slam

President has a mess to clean up after special counsel's description of his 'poor memory'

(Newser) - Thursday was former President Trump's "best day of 2024," writes Zachary B. Wolf in an analysis at CNN . He not only had a great day at the Supreme Court and racked up more delegates , he received an unexpected political bonanza from a special counsel who referred to...

Chimps, Bonobos Recognize Friends After 25 Years Apart
It's the 'Longest-Lasting
Nonhuman Memory'

It's the 'Longest-Lasting Nonhuman Memory'

Chimps, bonobos appear to recognize ex-groupmates after decades apart

(Newser) - Long-term memory goes back a long, long time: perhaps some 7 million years, according to new research on humans' closest living relatives. Researchers led by Laura Simone Lewis, a comparative psychologist at the University of California, Berkeley, showed 26 bonobos and chimpanzees side-by-side images of strangers and former groupmates, including...

After 3 Months of Wasabi, Subjects Saw 'Dramatic Change'

Those who ingested wasabi saw 'dramatic change' in participants' short- and long-term memory

(Newser) - Want to boost your memory? Smear some extra wasabi on your sushi. That's the findings out of Japan's Tohoku University, where a team of scientists have found that indulging in the spicy green condiment can improve both short-term and long-term memory. In the double-blind, randomized study published in...

Rats Have Imaginations, Too

Rats Have
Just Like
We Do
new study

Rats Have Imaginations, Just Like We Do

Study has wide-ranging implications, and not just for rodents

(Newser) - Humans aren't the only creatures in the animal kingdom with imaginations, a new study suggests. It seems that rats are in the club, too, reports Scientific American . In a series of remarkable experiments, researchers at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Virginia concluded that rats are capable of visualizing...

Want to Throw Brakes on Aging Memory? Veggies, Fruits to the Rescue
'Simple' Dietary
Shift Could Save
Your Aging Brain

'Simple' Dietary Shift Could Save Your Aging Brain

Scientists: Subjects who ate more flavonols found in fruits, veggies saw slower rate of memory loss

(Newser) - You may have more control than you think over your brain health as you age, specifically when it comes to how your memory functions, if results from a new study are any indication. Research published earlier this month in the journal Neurology has found that individuals who consume more flavonols—...

We May Have Underestimated Goldfish
We May Have

new study

We May Have Underestimated Goldfish

Study finds they have good memory

(Newser) - Ani DiFranco once sang about how goldfish have no memory and thus the "little plastic castle" in their bowl is a surprise to them every time they see it. She may have given goldfish a bad rap. A new study out of Oxford University suggests that goldfish actually have...

This Is Why Your Brain Logs a Memory as Happy or Sad
Brain Discovery May Be
a Breakthrough on Memories
new study

Brain Discovery May Be a Breakthrough on Memories

Molecule called neurotensin appears to decide whether a memory is logged as good or bad

(Newser) - Brain researchers appear to have figured out precisely how our brains store a particular memory as either good or bad—and the discovery could have implications for the treatment of everything from depression to PTSD. Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California say it all comes down...

The 'Mandela Effect' Is Real
Stumped by
Our Collective
False Memories

Researchers Stumped by Our Collective False Memories

Experts can't explain why so many of us recall Curious George with a tail

(Newser) - Picture the popular children's book character Curious George. Does he have a tail? If so, you are one of many people to suffer from the Mandela Effect—the name given to describe the phenomenon of collective false memories that are taken by many to be the real deal. Named...

Young Spinal Fluid Improves Memory in Older Mice
Fight Against Aging
Enters a 'Whole New Era'

Fight Against Aging Enters a 'Whole New Era'

Young spinal fluid is seen to improve memory in older mice, per new research

(Newser) - Researchers are heralding "a whole new era" in the search for Alzheimer's treatments, with a new study suggesting those treatments don't necessarily need to address damage in the brain. Tony Wyss-Coray of Stanford University previously showed infusions of blood from younger animals could reverse the effects of...

Lawmakers Cite Concerns on Feinstein's Memory, She Balks

'I'm rather puzzled,' 88-year-old Dem senator says of 'Chronicle' report on her mental acuity

(Newser) - Dianne Feinstein is pushing back on a report that her memory is fading and she may be mentally unfit to continue serving in the US Senate—concerns voiced even by fellow Democrats. On Thursday, the San Francisco Chronicle published those concerns from ex-staffers, four senators (three of them Democrats), and...

Sherlock Holmes Got It Right on Memory

Say Famous
Memory Trick
in case you missed it

Researchers Say Famous Memory Trick Works

Those who use 'method of loci,' aka 'memory palace,' fare better in memorization tests

(Newser) - Fans of Sherlock Holmes will likely be familiar with something called the "method of loci," notes Live Science . It's a device used by the famous detective to remember things, also called a "memory palace" or "mind palace." Now a new study in Science Advances ...

One Family's Story at Root of 'False Memory' Movement

Katie Heaney of the Cut recounts the controversial history of a key organization

(Newser) - The idea that adults who accuse parents or others of abusing them as children might be relying on false memories is well established in society. Maybe less well-known is that this movement can be traced to a now-defunct group called the False Memory Syndrome Foundation, and Katie Heaney explores its...

Castro Defends His Exchange With Biden

It was 'not a personal attack,' he says, though others disagree

(Newser) - The Democratic candidates for president took each other on during a debate in Houston Thursday night, clashing on everything from war to health care, but what the Hill calls a "fiesty exchange" on the latter went down between two contenders in particular. Julian Castro and Joe Biden were going...

His Alleged Method of Stealing 1.3K Credit Cards Is Incredible

Yusuke Taniguchi memorized names, numbers on cards that passed through his register

(Newser) - While the rest of us struggle to remember what we had for lunch yesterday, Yusuke Taniguchi apparently has a much easier time with recall. Gizmodo reports that the 34-year-old part-time mall clerk in Koto City, Japan, was allegedly able to steal more than 1,300 credit cards from his customers—...

History Is Tainted by 'National Narcissism'
History Is Tainted by
'National Narcissism'

History Is Tainted by 'National Narcissism'

Russians, Brits, Americans all claim more than 50% of effort in WWII

(Newser) - We may be deceiving ourselves in teaching history born from "national narcissism," per a new study . "People are highly ethnocentric in viewing their own nation's influence, even in remembering the (nominally) same event: World War II," say researchers from Washington University in St. Louis. They...

Scientists Surprised at How Good Our 'Facial Vocabulary' Is

Researchers say human brain can hold an impressive number of faces

(Newser) - Humans have historically lived in groups of about 100, yet our facial recognition skills easily adapt to a modern world where we see endless faces each day, whether in person or on TV. A new study in Proceedings of the Royal Society B , the first to give an evidence-based estimate...

To Remember Something, Read It Out Loud
To Remember Something,
Read It Out Loud
study says

To Remember Something, Read It Out Loud

Study suggests that it's more effective for memory than reading silently

(Newser) - Anyone who's crammed for a test may have suspected as much, but a new study finds that reading something aloud is the best way to remember it. Researchers at the University of Waterloo tested 95 students over two semesters using four different methods: reading silently, reading aloud, hearing someone...

Keep Thinking Unwanted Thoughts? Here's Why

Study finds it has to do with a neurotransmitter in the brain

(Newser) - Can't stop thinking about that time you cried in front of a girl during a Tim Burton movie on your first and only date? It might be because your brain is lacking a specific chemical, according to a study published Friday in Nature Communications . And while being unable to...

Memories of Those With Dementia Are Forgotten, Not Gone

Study shows dementia just makes memories harder to access, doesn't destroy them

(Newser) - Rather than wiping out our memories, new research out of Columbia University suggests that dementia instead confuses the brain about which neurons store which memories, thereby making those memories harder to recall. In other words, the memories might remain—however deeply hidden—in the brain, and thus accessing them is...

'Ums' and 'Uhs' Could Be Clue to Mental Decline

How Your Speech
Could Offer Hint
of Mental Decline

How Your Speech Could Offer Hint of Mental Decline

Verbal issues could be a clue to deteriorating cognitive state

(Newser) - Your speech may, um, help reveal if you're uh ... developing thinking problems. More pauses, filler words, and other verbal changes may be an early sign of mental decline, which can lead to Alzheimer's disease, a study suggests. Per the AP , researchers had 400 people without cognitive problems and...

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