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During the pandemic, many college professors abandoned assignments from printed textbooks and turned instead to digital texts or multimedia coursework.

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Neuroplasticity can be turned on and off in the brain of a fruit fly

Neuroplasticity is a major driver of learning and memory in humans.

Jack Dykinga, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Neuroplasticity – the ability of neurons to change their structure and function in response to experiences – can be turned off and on by the cells that surround neurons in the brain, according to a new study on fruit flies that I co-authored.

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Smells connect to memories more than other senses

"The smell of fresh chopped parsley may evoke a grandmother's cooking, or a whiff of a cigar may evoke a grandfather's presence," says author.

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  • The right scent can conjure up a memory more powerfully than most anything else.
  • People who lose their sense of smell often develop symptoms of depression.
  • While other senses connect to the brain's memory center indirectly, the olfactory cortex has a direct line.
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    What can Avicenna teach us about the mind-body problem?

    The Persian polymath and philosopher of the Islamic Golden Age teaches us about self-awareness.

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    Philosophers of the Islamic world enjoyed thought experiments.
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    Aphantasia: the rare brain condition that darkens the mind’s eye

    A new study provides validation for the recently identified phenomenon.

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    • Aphantasia, a recently identified psychological phenomenon, describes when people can't conjure visualizations in their mind's eye.
    • A new study published in Cortex compared the visual memories of aphantasic participants with a group of controls.
    • Its results found experimental validation for the condition.
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