Neuroscience

Long-term learning requires new nerve insulation

Most memories fade in a matter of days or weeks, while some persist for months, years, or even for life. What allows certain experiences to leave such a long-lasting imprint in our neural circuits? This is an age-old question ...

Neuroscience

Learning how memory works could be key to treating PTSD

Think back to what you did last weekend. You might be able to picture it clearly, but there should be no doubt in your mind that whatever you are remembering happened in the past. For people with post-traumatic stress disorder ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

PTSD prevented by using Tetris in the emergency department

A single dose psychological intervention including the computer game Tetris can prevent the unpleasant, intrusive memories that develop in some people after suffering a traumatic event. Researchers have been able to demonstrate ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

What the Bourne films get right and wrong about amnesia

In 2002's "The Bourne Identity," our protagonist wakes up having been shot and plucked, unconscious, from the Mediterranean on to a fishing boat with no memory of who he is or how he got there. From there, the movie franchise ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Moving tiles as an unintrusive way to handle flashbacks

(Medical Xpress)—In a highly uncertain environment of floods, train, plane and car accidents, earthquakes, terrorist bombings and community displacement, one thing is certain: psychological trauma can result and does not ...

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