Tag Archive for memory

Procera AVH memory-enhancing supplement BUSTED for deceptive claims

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If it sounds to good to be true… yada yada yada. Yay for the FTC but something tells me these settlement amounts are not quite high enough to act as deterrents for companies pushing useless supplements. The marketers of a dietary supplement called Procera AVH will relinquish $1.4 million under settlements resolving Federal Trade Commission…

The main problem with confession – it could be completely manufactured

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Think memory is like a videotape? Wrongity wrong wrong. It can be rather easily manipulated and is reconstructed without our awareness every day. Of special interest to criminal confession cases, it’s not really too hard to convince someone that they committed a crime. People Can Be Convinced They Committed a Crime That Never Happened –…

Is fear inherited? How can that happen?

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A new study suggests there is a genetic imprint from traumatic experiences carries through at least two generations. I saw this and was IMMEDIATELY skeptical. Too much remains unanswered and also goes against what we already know. Fearful memories haunt mouse descendants : Nature News & Comment. Certain fears can be inherited through the generations, a…

Can’t drink that stuff because one time it made me REALLY sick

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One of my heroes, Elizabeth Loftus, is at it again, producing fascinating research on memory. A New Way to Curb Drinking? Planting False (Bad) Memories of a Bender | TIME.com. Researchers are exploring the possibility that convincing drinkers they had a bad experience with liquor — even if they didn’t — could lead them to…

Don’t trust what you KNOW you saw

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Ben Radford gives us examples of how eyewitness accounts help and hurt when looking for missing persons. Ex-Cop Dorner ‘Sightings’ Highlight Problems with Eyewitnesses – Yahoo! News. Police have found charred human remains of what they suspect is ex-police officer Christopher Dorner, accused of several killings in the Los Angeles area. But during the manhunt…

Memories, like the corners of my mind

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A worthwhile expose on how flawed our memories are, even of events we think we’d never forget. BBC – How fake images change our memory and behaviour. The year was a memorable one – looking back at the unforgettable images over the past 12 months, you might think of apocalyptic-looking clouds over Manhattan during Hurricane…

Apeman sightings in the U.K.

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‘Britain’s Bigfoot’ spotted in Tunbridge Well You see some strange things in and around the county, but perhaps this could be the weirdest yet, after claims a British Bigfoot has been spotted in woodland near Tunbridge Wells. Dubbed the Kentish Apeman, it is claimed he towers eight-foot tall, is covered in hair and has red…

Study supports claim that gingko biloba supplement is just a waste of money

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Another dietary supplement fails another test. Taking gingko biloba does not improve memory, study finds. Taking Gingko biloba supplements does not improve memory, attention or problem solving in healthy individuals, according to researchers from the University of Hertfordshire. The paper, published in Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental, is the first meta-analytic review examining the effects…

Rosemary oil story is missing essential components

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How to Succeed at Math Without Really Trying: Use Rosemary Oil A small study of just 20 people has produced some interesting results about how different aromas can affect human performance. Four drops of rosemary oil were placed on an absorbent pad and allowed to diffuse throughout the 20 work cubicles of the study subjects.…

The Familiarity Backfire effect: Do not insert myth here

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The Problem With Polls About Whether Obama Is a Muslim By asking voters what they think about the president’s religion, pollsters help to perpetuate a falsehood. Liberal blogs and sites are having a field day with new data from Public Policy Polling that shows that 52 percent of Mississippi Republican believe President Obama is a…

One would probably not forget about sacrificing a baby to Satan

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Therapist ‘Brainwashed’ Woman Into Believing She Was In Satanic Cult, Attorney Says A psychologist accused of hypnotizing a woman into believing she possessed multiple personalities and participated in satanic rituals may be sued by several others who say they were also told they had been a part of a satanic cult, according to a Missouri…