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Pacemaker for the brain may improve memory


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The specialists of the University of Pennsylvania conducted a study on how a pacemaker can help with memory problems. It turned out that the pulses from electrodes implanted in the brain, can improve memory in some people. Such a device can help reduce symptoms of dementia, head injuries and other conditions.

A study conducted by a team from the University of Pennsylvania published in the journal Current Biology. Previous attempts to stimulate the person’s memory with implanted electrodes have produced mixed results: some experiments have improved memory, and others confused it. New experience gave full details about how this stimulation affects memory, and this effect was clearly positive.

Michael Kahana (Michael Kahana), co-author of the study, said: “We found that stimulation of the memory system when it is in a state with a low level of functioning, may push it to high performance”.

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