Brain Zaps Boost Memory

Researchers who study memory have had a thrilling couple of years. Some have erased memories in people with electroshock therapy, for example. Others have figured out, in mice, how to create false memories and even turn bad memories into good ones.

Today, another “No way, really?!” study gets added to the list. Scientists have boosted memory skills in healthy volunteers by zapping their brains with weak electromagnetic pulses.

The memory gain was fairly small — not enough for most of us to notice in our everyday lives, the researchers say. But even a modest improvement could be meaningful for people with conditions that damage memory, such as a ...

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