Thought for the month
“Science is a method to keep yourself from kidding yourself”.
Edwin Land, scientist and inventor (1909-91)
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?