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Precise Memory

February 3, 2017

An electromagnetic device could improve our ability to remember details.

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BOB HIRSHON (host):

Fighting memory loss with magnetism. I’m Bob Hirshon and this is Science Update.

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In the film Gigi, Maurice Chevalier had difficulty with “precise memory”: that’s the neural pathway that lets us remember the shirt we wore when we graduated, the color of a rented car, or spatial cues that help us find our way to a location. In the journal Current Biology, Northwestern neuroscientist Joel Voss and his colleagues describe using non-invasive electromagnetic brain stimulation to improve precise memory in volunteers.  

JOEL VOSS (Northwestern University):

There are quite a lot of disorders in which this particular type of memory is disrupted, so everything from Alzheimer’s disease to brain injuries to some psychiatric problems like schizophrenia.

HIRSHON:

The goal is to develop a safe treatment for debilitating memory loss. I’m Bob Hirshon, for AAAS, the science society.

Story by Bob Hirshon