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Andreasen on 'Secrets of the Creative Brain'

Published
2014.06.25
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UI neurologist Nancy Andreasen, who has spent decades studying creativity, shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ, and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness. Story from: The Atlantic

The Atlantic

Stress hormone linked to short-term memory loss as we age

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A new UI study reports a potential link between stress hormones and short-term memory loss in older adults. The study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, reveals that having high levels of cortisol—a natural hormone in our body whose levels surge when we are stressed—can lead to memory lapses as we age. Story

Mammoth magnet

The magnet is lowered into place.

Signed, sealed, and delivered: The University of Iowa welcomed a new magnetic resonance imaging instrument, one of the world's most sophisticated models to date, that will advance research into the human brain and body. Photo Feature

Media advisory: Massive magnet arrives at University of Iowa

A magnetic resonance imaging instrument weighing 42 tons—equal to six adult male elephants—arrives on Thursday, June 5, at the University of Iowa. The 7 Tesla magnet will advance UI research by yielding clearer, higher-resolution images of the human brain. The UI is one of only about 20 research institutes in the United States—and only about 40 worldwide—with the instrument. It also is the most powerful magnetic imaging device in the state. Story

Scientists find the part of the brain that lets us recognize music

Published
2014.05.30
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UI researchers have now discovered that the same part of the brain responsible for remembering names and landmarks, the left temporal lobe, also deals with music. Story from: The Daily Mail (UK)

The Daily Mail (UK)

Name that song (title)

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Researchers at the University of Iowa say that damage to a region of the brain, the left temporal pole, may be associated with difficulty recalling auditory stimuli, such as the title to a song. The finding supports the theory that the left temporal pole is important for naming unique items, from landmarks to song names. Results published in the journal Neuropsychology. Story

More than memory

University of Iowa researchers show that the hippocampus is involved in language processing, possibly providing additional insight into how to treat people with Alzheimer’s disease. Results appear in the Journal of Experimental Psychology. Story

Aging brains on the job

Two demographic trends in Iowa—an aging population and workers staying on the job later in life—will have a significant impact for employers and employees in the years ahead. University of Iowa neuroscientist Steven Anderson will offer his perspective during an April 29 presentation in Des Moines. Story

A new study shows that we are far better at remembering what we see and touch than what we hear

Published
2014.03.12
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Next time something you hear goes in one ear and out the other, you have a built-in excuse. Just blame it on your Achilles' ear—a weakness that lies not in a mythical hero's heel, but in the real-life way the brain processes sound and memory, according to new UI research. Story from: National Geographic

National Geographic

UI research: It's hard to remember what we hear

Published
2014.03.07
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UI researchers had subjects listen to, watch, and blindly touch a variety of everyday sounds, silent videos, and common objects, and found that after an hour, a day or a week, seeing and touching trumps listening when it comes to remembering. Story from: Men's Health

Men's Health

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