Tag: long term memory

No Joke: Humor Boosts Memory

Memory loss is no laughing matter, but a new study shows that when it comes to improving short- and long-term memory, humor indeed may be the best medicine.

The connection between laughter and memory is the stress hormone cortisol. Levels spike during periods of stress and tension as part of our

Memory Changes as We Age

People often wonder if a memory lapse is age-related or something more serious. “It’s not always a clean divide,” explains Dr. Teng. “Because people live longer than they used to, it’s more challenging to discern between normal and abnormal cognitive aging. Not all memory loss is normal. Progressively worsening memory

Short-Term Memory Loss: Part of Aging?

Short-Term Memory Loss: Part of Aging?

Do you feel as if you’ve been experiencing more short-term memory loss lately? Interestingly, what many of us think of as short-term memory—for example, recalling in the afternoon what we had for breakfast that morning—is actually defined by scientists as long-term memory.

Short-term memory is technically limited to information learned and

6. Can Supplements Really “Boost” Brainpower

One of the fastest-growing segments of the dietary supplement industry is the market for products claiming to protect your memory or “boost” your brainpower. These range from mega-doses of vitamins your body does actually need (though not necessarily in such quantity) to novel concoctions such as Asian herbal remedies or

How Memory Works and How to Improve It

Age changes the brain’s memory functioning, and even its structure, in ways that may adversely affect how older adults learn, store, and recall information. However, the good news is that it may be possible to delay or prevent these changes by adopting strategies and behaviors that promote youthful levels of

7. Sleep Hygiene and Sleep Strategies

What is Sleep Hygiene?
Sleep hygiene is the term specialists use for good habits that promote sleep. These include keeping regular hours, even on weekends and vacations, and going to bed at the same time and waking at the same time every day to keep your sleep schedule consistent. A nighttime

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