Improving Memory By Playing Music During Sleep News Roundup: April 2013 2nd Edition (Updated)

There is coverage of a New England Journal of Medicine study showing evidence of several brain regions involved in pain. Analgesia reduced the signal supporting the relationship.

There is coverage of a study (n=28) in which increased physical activity levels were associated with improved attention.



Professor Wray Herbert looks at a method called ‘episodic future thinking’ as a means for achieving goals and examines the evidence.

‘Research Digest’ links include a look at pro-active avoidance, a look at a blogosphere discussion on study sample sizes and Vaughan Bell’s article on genetics and mental illness.

There is brief coverage of a study in which researchers found that playing music to people sleeping improved memory if it was synchronous with the slow wave activity in the person’s brain during sleep.

 Evolutionary Psychiatry/Evolution/Culture


There is a look at the evolution of handedness in humans in this article.



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