AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 26, Number 2, 2017

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UCLA Study Identifies How Brain Connected Memories Across Time

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Neuroscientists boost ability of aging brain to recapture links between related memories

As patients age, the brain begins to have difficulty linking memories over time. In a recent study by UCLA, scientist studied mice by using a miniature microscope that opens a window in the brain. They were able to identify just how the brain connects each memory over time. Because of these findings, these scientists have created a way for middle-aged brains to reconnect memories which may then lead to an intervention for patients who are suffering from age-related memory problems. “Until now, neuroscientists have focused on how the brain creates and stores single memories,” said principal investigator Alcino Silva, a professor of neurobiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. “We wanted to explore how the brain links two memories and whether the passage of time affects the strength of the connection.” To read more, click here.

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