Pregnant Rat Moms Need their Sleep

“maternal sleep deprivation at different stages of pregnancy leads to a significant increase in depression and anxiety, and dramatic deficits in spatial learning and memory.”


Curiosity Makes one a Better Learner

Being interested in something makes it easier to learn; the researchers also found that  incidental information presented during the learning phase was also recalled better. The link contains a video with the authors explaining their findings. States of Curiosity Modulate Hippocampus-Dependent Learning via the Dopaminergic Circuit Summary People find it easier to learn about topics…

Piling On the Stress Blocks All Memory in Snails

Single stressors inhibits long-term memory but short term memory can still form. Combining the stressors inhibits all memory formation –  short and  long term. At least in snails. Free from PLoS ONE Combining Stressors That Individually Impede Long-Term Memory Blocks All Memory Processes The effects of stress on memory are typically assessed individually; however, in…