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Precise Memory

February 3, 2017

An electromagnetic device could improve our ability to remember details.



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.


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