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Memory Spring Monthly

Are You Laughing Enough for Your Memory?

 

 Are You Laughing Enough for Your Memory?

 
A recent study has revealed that those people who laugh more often get brain benefits.
 
The study completed at Loma Linda University in Southern California studied adults in 3 groups. The first group consisted of elderly individuals who had diabetes; the second group consisted of healthy elderly people; and the third group was another group of healthy elderly people. The first two groups were required to view a 20-minute humorous video, before completing a memory test that measured their visual recognition, learning ability and memory recall. The third group was also asked to complete the memory test, however, they didn’t get to watch the humorous video instead they sat calmly for 20 minutes. In addition to the memory test, all three groups were given a saliva test designed to analyze stress hormones.
 
What were the results?
  

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How Much Information Can You Hold in Your Short-Term Memory?

 

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“I always have trouble remembering 3 things: Faces, Names, and … I can’t remember what the third thing is.”
-Fred Allen
 
 
Yes, it’s our short-term memory that most of us struggle with on a daily basis.  We walk into a room and forget why we entered it.  Someone gives us instructions and then we forget those instructions halfway towards our destination. We get a simple grocery list and we can’t seem to get it right.  We beat ourselves up a lot about our failures, but how much information can our short-term memory hold? 
 

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Lack of Sleep May Cause Brain Damage

 

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Do you think that you’re going to catch up on your long term lack of sleep and feel better?  A new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience earlier in March 2014 refutes that belief.  According to University of Pennsylvania neuroscientist, Sigrid Veasey, Long-term sleep deprivation reduces brain of power even after days of recovery sleep which could be a sign of lasting brain injury. 
 
Veasey and a University of Pennsylvania medical school team put laboratory mice on a shaky sleep schedule that is similar to that of shift workers. They let them sleep, then woke them at various intervals. The scientists then looked at their brains -- more specifically, at a bundle of nerve cells they say is associated with alertness and cognitive function, the locus coeruleus.  What were the results?
 

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How Much Alcohol is Too Much for Your Brain Health?

 

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A recent study revealed that middle-aged men who consume more than 36 grams of alcohol (two and a half alcoholic drinks) per day may speed up their memory loss by nearly six years. 
 
The study, released in the journal Neurology, showed significant, quantifiable loss of cognitive powers akin to premature aging in those middle aged males who consumed more than two and a half alcoholic drinks per day. The study, which began in 1985, focused on 7,513 British civil servants who were members of the so-called Whitehall II cohort.  Every four years, members of the cohort had been surveyed on health habits (including alcohol consumption) and undergone a number of examinations. Testing started in 1997 and was repeated at three intervals, the last in 2009 when the people ranged in age from 55 to 80.
  

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