I have been called forgetful so many times that I do not remember how often it has happened. I have to admit that I do have my Dory ((Finding Nemo)) moments. I am sure you have yours, too. How many times have you forgotten where you have put your keys? I bet you have forgotten where you have parked your car as well. These things do happen to ordinary people, and there is nothing we can do about it. Or is there?
Neuroscientists at the UCLA have made a new discovery which gives them the possibility to strengthen human memory by stimulating a particular area of the brain. I suppose this all makes sense – which other part of the body needs stimulation to strengthen memory anyway?
The team has identified the region of the brain called entorhinal cortex, which they dub as the “golden gate to the brain’s memory mainframe”. In the course of the study, the entorhinal cortex was stimulated using streams of current – painless, of course. The result was that the participants of the study were able to remember more than they usually could.
The target of the research is to one day help people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, which we know affects the memory. However, if research progresses and applications are developed, one could easily see how the stimulation of the entorhinal cortex might be able to help other individuals with memory issues, discounting the possibility of Alzheimer’s.
One small stream of electricity just might revolutionize the lives of countless forgetful people on Earth!
Via Medical Xpress