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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

women wearing headphones in language laboratory

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

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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

Study: For memory, hearing is worse than seeing or feeling

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New research out of the University of Iowa, published in PLOS One, suggests that those moments when we forget something we were told are particularly human—that people’s memory for things they hear is just not that great. Story from: The Atlantic

The Atlantic

Humans have a poor memory for things they hear


When it comes to memory, we don't remember things we hear nearly as well as things we see or touch, scientists say. Researchers at the University of Iowa found our memory for sounds is significantly worse than our memory for visual or tactile things. Story from: Business Standard

Business Standard

Taking the long view

Michael Stone running a triathalon

A series of coincidences and a collaboration with researchers at the University of Iowa and Columbia University gave Michael Stone, Ironman triathlete, fundraiser, advocate, and author, answers about the retinal condition that has left him legally blind. Story

Two genes linked to increased risk for eating disorders

Scientists from the University of Iowa and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have discovered—by studying the genetics of two families severely affected by eating disorders—two gene mutations, one in each family, that are associated with increased risk of developing eating disorders. Story

Fund finding

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Amy Belfi, a fourth-year graduate student in the UI Neuroscience Graduate Program, is using crowdfunding to help support her study on the link between music and autobiographical memory. Her goal of $1,500, to be raised by Oct. 18, will be used to compensate study participants and defray their travel costs. Story

A look inside children's minds

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Ever wondered what's going on inside young children's brains when they're looking at things? Researchers at the University of Iowa have used optical neuroimaging for the first time on 3-and 4-year-olds to determine which areas of the brain are activated in "visual working memory." Story

When computer games may keep the brain nimble

A screen capture from the computer game, Double Decision, which helped boost players' brain function, a study found. Doing crossword puzzles had no such benefit.

A new study reveals that adults who played a video game helped their mental agility more than adults who did crossword puzzles. Your Health columnist Sumathi Reddy and University of Iowa public health professor Fred Wolinsky join Lunch Break with details. Story from: The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal


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