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Summary: Findings have implications for learning methods and memory consolidation.
Source: UT Southwestern Medical Center.
Imagine if playing a new video game or riding a rollercoaster could help you prepare for an exam or remember other critical information.
A new study in mice shows this link may be possible.
Attention-grabbing experiences trigger the release of memory-enhancing chemicals. Those chemicals can etch memories into the brain that occur just before or soon after the experience, regardless of whether they were related to the event, according to researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute.
The findings, published in Nature, hold intriguing implications for methods of learning in classrooms as well as an array of potential uses in the workplace and personal life, researchers said./.../