Thought for the month

“You know," said Arthur, "it's at times like this, when I'm trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of asphyxiation in deep space that I really wish I'd listened to what my mother told me when I was young." "Why, what did she tell you?" "I don't know, I didn't listen.” From The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams, Author (1952-2001)

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

A fist full of neurons

According to a paper from Montclair State University, clenching your right hand may help form a stronger memory of an event or action, and clenching your left may help you recollect the memory later. Based on people memorising and recalling words from a list of 72 words, the findings suggest that some simple body movements, by temporarily changing the way the brain functions, can improve memory. Clenching the right fist may activate a brain region that is involved in storing memories, while squeezing the left hand may trigger an area dealing with retrieving information. So why don’t boxers never forget?

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