Friday, June 17, 2011

New Memory Theory Focuses on Brain-Wave Levels

(HealthDay News) -- Your ability to remember things may vary according to levels of certain brain waves at a given moment, a new study suggests.

"It's been assumed that the process of retrieving a memory is cued by an external stimulus, but we found that the levels of brain activity before items came up were correlated with memory," Charan Ranganath, a professor with the Center for Neuroscience and the psychology department at the University of California, Davis, said in a university news release.

The researchers measured levels of brain waves called theta oscillations in the brains of volunteers during a test in which they had to memorize a series of words with a related context. Theta waves are associated with active monitoring by the brain. Read more...

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