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Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2008
At : 10:05 AM

What did you do last Tuesday at 10.15 am? Can you remember?

Do you have difficulty remembering what you read or studied recently?
Can you rattle off some atomic weights from the Periodic Table or valencies of various elements from your last Chemistry class?

Memory is no longer the mystery it was just a few decades ago. Neuroscience shows us that memory is a unique capacity that is separate from other cognitive functions. The main region of our brain associated with memory is the hippocampus. Various biological pathways in the brain are involved in the process of retaining information in our 'memory banks'.

Studies have shown that memory is aided by the release of the chemical acetylcholine.
In fact, in Alzheimer's disease, one treatment for memory impairment is the use of cholinesterase inhibitors - which help normalize the acetylcholine levels in the brain.
Besides a better memory, this treatment helps improve thinking and functionality in some Alzheimer's patients.

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