Learning & Memory

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Recalling skills often depends on returning to your state of mind — or environment — where you first learned it.
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  • 8 min.
Your selections: Learning and Memory
Explore the stages of a good night's sleep and the research linking sleep to memory.
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Our brains’ recognition of objects depends on their orientation. What do you see in this image?
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Learn how your brain takes in your surroundings. These fun, hand-on group activities are great for primary students.
  • University of New England Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences
Let neuroscience help you in the classroom. This resource gives you a primer to brain-based education.
  • Illinois State University
The main active ingredient in marijuana alters the normal communication between cells and circuits in the brain.
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The giant sea slug Apylsia has a simple nervous system that makes them a useful model for neuroscience research. They also have rows of tiny sharp teeth, which cover a tongue-like structure.
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The brain receives information about the outside world via the senses. But how much of this information do we actually notice?
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Research into the razor-sharp hearing of barn owls reveals how we create mental maps of space and may lead to hearing loss solutions.
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The amount of information the brain can store in its many trillions of synapses is not infinite, but it is large enough that the amount we can learn is not limited by the brain’s storage capacity.
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Brain plasticity (from the Greek word ‘plastos’ meaning molded) refers to the extraordinary ability of the brain to modify its own structure and function following changes within the body or in the external environment.
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The moment light meets the retina, the process of sight begins. About 60 years ago, scientists discovered that each vision cell’s receptive field is activated when light hits a tiny region in the center of the field and inhibited when light hits the area surrounding the center.
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Molecules that are important in brain development may help treat or prevent brain injuries and disorders.
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3D Brain

An interactive brain map that you can rotate in a three-dimensional space.