Brain study yields clues about ‘natural forgetting of long-term memories’

A new brain study reveals some new clues about the biological mechanisms involved in natural forgetting of long-term memory.The researchers found blocking the removal of AMPA receptors from synapses after long-term memory formation extended the natural lifetime of several forms of memory. The findings could help discover new ways to tackle memory loss in diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. The study, by researchers at the University of Edinburgh in the UK, is published in The Journal of Neuroscience. Senior author Dr. Oliver Hardt, of Edinburgh’s Centre for Cognitive and Neural Systems, says: “Our study looks at the biological processes that happen in the brain when we forget something.” Typically, the process of forgetting is seen as a failure of one or more basic memory functions such…


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