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Suppressing Old Memories Key to Learning New Ones

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Articles Biology Psychology Science Memory
Daniel Andrlik
Daniel Andrlik
Daniel Andrlik lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia. By day he manages product teams. The rest of the time he is a podcast host and producer, writer of speculative fiction, a rabid reader, and a programmer.

This article from Ars Technica covers some interesting new research on the science of memory, and why our memories deteriorate over time. It is because we push them out of the way in order to integrate new ones.

When these five findings are considered together, they provide strong support for the hypothesis that cortical pattern suppression have a role in human adaptive forgetting. This article presents convincing evidence that new memories may overwrite existing ones through adaptive forgetting, and contributes substantially to the growing literature showing that forgetting may be nearly as important as remembering in humans.

Roheeni Saxena, Suppressing Old Memories Key to Learning New Ones

I am fascinated by this.


The Most Popular Antidepressants Are Based on a Theory We Know Is Wrong
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Articles Science Psychology Psychiatry Depression
An interesting, and apparently well-researched post from io9 on the status of research related to depression that illustrate how little we actually know. Though the title is little too linkbaity for my tastes.
Scientific American: Brains Not Required for Cognition
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Quotes Science Biology Consciousness Memory
Rowan Jacobson, in this month’s issue of Scientific American, has written an article that is chock-full of mind-blowing implications for how we understand cognition, memory, and cellular development. I highly encourage you to read the whole thing, but here are just a few examples.
Pet My Coat, It Is Frightened
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Articles Tech Science Biology
Okay, I was just reading a Wired article about some Australian scientists that are trying to grow a “stitchless [and] victimless” leather coat from living human and mouse cells. You can find the article here.