Navigation Links
Brain 'Switchboard' Separates Learning, Remembering
Date:1/14/2009

Recall process appears to suppress ability to absorb new information, imaging study finds

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14 (HealthDay News) -- One region of the brain may act as a switchboard that helps it in the constant struggle to learn and remember simultaneously, a new study says.

Researchers performed functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) of people's brains while they first tried to rapidly learn, then recall, a set of words as colorful pictures flashed in the background. Researchers then surprised the study subjects with a memory test about the pictures instead of the words.

Learning the pictures proved much more difficult when also trying to remembering a word, but became easier when a word was forgotten, a team from the Netherlands' University of Amsterdam and Duke University found.

According to the brain scans, the areas involved in learning the pictures were less activated when trying to recall the words at the same time -- a point the researchers noted in the current issue of PLoS Biology. The findings suggests that the recall process may suppress the parts of the brain involved in learning, the researchers said.

The scans also revealed a region in the left frontal part of the brain that was only active when the participants were successful at both learning and remembering. The activity seen here, though, was only noted in participants who showed little problem with the learning activity, suggesting that their brain activity wasn't affected by also trying to remember something at the same time.

The suggestion of a switchboard region of the brain is backed up by previous research showing that people who have damaged this area do not rapidly adapt to new situations well, but instead tend to abide by old rules.

More information

The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more about

Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Brain May Be Wired for Social Conformity
2. Brain Fitness Coming to Senior Exercise Classes
3. Omega-3 Fatty Acid May Help Preemie Girls Brains
4. Davenport Community Schools Participates in Conference to Learn About the Latest Information in Brain Research and Reading
5. Delusions associated with consistent pattern of brain injury
6. Gene therapy eliminates brain tumors through selective recruitment of immune cells
7. HRT Shrinks the Brain
8. LegalView Reports Traumatic Brain Injury Study Concluding Spirituality Increases Following Brain Damage
9. NYC Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg Declares January 8th IBREA Brain Education Day
10. Ziosoft Receives FDA Clearance for CT Brain Perfusion Application
11. BrainLAB, Inc. Announces New, Streamlined Surgery Business Division
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Brain 'Switchboard' Separates Learning, Remembering 
(Date:12/25/2014)... 2014 The report “TS-1 (Colorectal Cancer) ... the current treatment landscape, unmet needs, current pipeline and ... an anti-cancer drug which is typically used for treating ... used for treating gastric cancer and pancreatic cancer. TS-1 ... drug was first approved in 1999 in Japan for ...
(Date:12/25/2014)... The short film “Color of Honor” by young ... a true 9/11 hero, Welles Remy Crowther. It has been ... hours of Nuremberg International Short Film Festival and the 8th ... screenwriter and director Luciana Lagana plays the mother of ... husband, Gregory Graham - Graham plays a heroic ...
(Date:12/25/2014)... December 25, 2014 Recently, LunaDress.co.uk has updated its ... and related accessories. Now, all of the models at LunaDress.co.uk come ... a groom lifts the wedding veil can turn out to be ... charm. A wedding veil can always bring surprise to a wedding. ... on how to choose veils for a big day . ...
(Date:12/25/2014)... By Dennis Thompson ... -- Researchers could be closing in on a "fountain of ... improve the health of older adults, a new study suggests. ... when given a drug that targets a genetic signaling pathway ... maker Novartis report. The experimental medication, a ...
(Date:12/25/2014)... 25, 2014 Residents at ... recently showed their generous spirit by providing holiday ... County Parenting Network- Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program. , ... around the largest Christmas tree on the campus ... by residents of the Abernethy Village Association (AVA). ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:TS-1 Colorectal Cancer Market Analysis and Forecast to 2023 Report at RnRMarketReserach.com 2Health News:TS-1 Colorectal Cancer Market Analysis and Forecast to 2023 Report at RnRMarketReserach.com 3Health News:The True 9/11 Hero Story “Color of Honor” Premieres in Germany and Bangladesh: Luciana Lagana Plays the Mother of the Lead and Co-Produces with Blaise Dolcemaschio. 2Health News:The True 9/11 Hero Story “Color of Honor” Premieres in Germany and Bangladesh: Luciana Lagana Plays the Mother of the Lead and Co-Produces with Blaise Dolcemaschio. 3Health News:LunaDress Provides Professional Tips On Shopping Wedding And Prom Dresses 2Health News:Researchers Take 'First Baby Step' Toward Anti-Aging Drug 2Health News:Researchers Take 'First Baby Step' Toward Anti-Aging Drug 3Health News:Retirement Community Residents Make Impact During Holiday Season 2
... Commission has,launched "Georgia Pecans Fit! for Breakfast," a ... is being promoted with new,findings from a survey ... of eating pecans and breakfast,recipes from a James ... News Release, go to:, http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/georgiapecancommission/35429/ , Survey ...
... BRUNSWICK, N.J. The Rutgers University Cell and DNA ... than $57.8 million from the National Institutes of Health ... and the other will support investigations into the causes ... "Both awards were the result of a competitive selection ...
... the structural and neurochemical features of schizophrenia are present ... What processes tip the balance between the ultra-high risk ... mechanism is cerebral inflammation, studied by Dr. Bart van ... Biological Psychiatry . , Using positron emission tomography, ...
... Doctor Visits Abroad Even Easier, RADNOR, Pa., Oct. ... company, today announced the introduction of My Digital ID,the ... HTH,members to access all the information on their health ... rely on direct access to,HTH,s eligibility database to show ...
... took them were less likely to get venous thromboembolism ... of drugs widely used to lower cholesterol may have ... breast, lung, colon and other solid-organ cancers. , Research ... Philadelphia found that cancer patients taking statins had a ...
... Philadelphia, PA, October 27, 2008 Complications during pregnancy and ... in the body - are associated with an increased risk ... increases the risk for schizophrenia. The November 1st issue ... who show that the presence of a specific indicator of ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Photos: Georgia Pecan Campaign Emphasizes Nutritional Importance of Breakfast 2Health News:NIH awards Rutgers Cell and DNA Repository $57.8M 2Health News:Anti-inflammatory medications may become a treatment for schizophrenia 2Health News:HTH Worldwide Unveils First Digital Healthcare Card 2Health News:Statins Lower Risk of Clots in Cancer Patients 2Health News:The mental health dangers of birth hypoxia 2
(Date:12/24/2014)... , Dec. 23, 2014   Assurex Health, ... support to healthcare providers for behavioral health and ... secured $30 million in equity financing from new ... Drosos , President and Chief Executive Officer. ... and development of Assurex Health,s GeneSight ® ...
(Date:12/24/2014)... , Dec. 23, 2014 Tianyin Pharmaceutical ... that specializes in patented biopharmaceutical, modernized traditional Chinese ... (API) today announced that the Company achieved the ... Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certificate of TPI,s Qionglai Facility ... (CFDA). The public notice period is a significant ...
(Date:12/24/2014)... N.C. , Dec. 23, 2014  Medical Science ... As the key link between the medical device industry ... even more in the coming years as the device ... According to research by benchmarking firm, Best ... can gain an important edge is by harnessing new ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Assurex Health Secures $30 Million Financing Round to Continue Growth in Neuropsychiatric Pharmacogenomics 2Assurex Health Secures $30 Million Financing Round to Continue Growth in Neuropsychiatric Pharmacogenomics 3Assurex Health Secures $30 Million Financing Round to Continue Growth in Neuropsychiatric Pharmacogenomics 4TPI QLF Achieved Public Notice Status of GMP Certification 2TPI QLF Achieved Public Notice Status of GMP Certification 3Role of Medical Science Liaisons Evolving in Medical Device Sector 2
... -- Global Information Inc. is pleased to announce ... market: Global Protein Therapeutics Market Forecast ... one of the most effective clinical methods to treat ... disorders. While worldwide healthcare spending has decline in the post- ...
... 2012 Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HRC ... Senior Vice President and President of Hill-Rom North America, ... Care business units.  This newly integrated North America business ... more than $1B.  The combination of Hill-Rom acute and ...
Cached Medicine Technology:New Forecast Shows Global Protein Therapeutics Market to Reach $143.4 Billion by 2015 2Hill-Rom Appoints Alton Shader President of Hill-Rom North America 2Hill-Rom Appoints Alton Shader President of Hill-Rom North America 3
CCR Medical conventional laryngoscopes....
CCR Medical conventional laryngoscopes....
CCR Medical conventional laryngoscopes....
CCR Medical conventional laryngoscope handles....
Medicine Products: