We May One Day Be Able To Get Lost Memories Back

December 28, 2014 6:59 PM

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Just because something is in our long-term memory, that doesn't necessarily mean it'll be there forever. This is one reason why we can study for (and pass) a test, only to forget everything the next day when it's no longer relevant. Now, research may have revealed how we might get our lost memories back — through a process that could one day help Alzheimer's patients, too, says io9.

In the study, published last month in the open access journal eLife, researchers started by using serotonin to strengthen new connections between neurons from the marine slug Aplysia californica. Essentially, this sparked the physical changes needed for a long-term memory to take hold. The cells, ho...

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