memory http://wrkf.org en The Forgotten Childhood: Why Early Memories Fade http://wrkf.org/post/forgotten-childhood-why-early-memories-fade Francis Csedrik, who is 8 and lives in Washington, D.C., remembers a lot of events from when he was 4 or just a bit younger. There was the time he fell "headfirst on a marble floor" and got a concussion, the day someone stole the family car ("my dad had to chase it down the block"), or the morning he found a black bat (the furry kind) in the house.<p>But Francis looks puzzled when his mom, Joanne Csedrik, asks him about a family trip to the Philippines when he was 3. "It was to celebrate someone's birthday," she tells him. "We took a long plane ride, two boat trips," she adds. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:46:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 24910 at http://wrkf.org The Forgotten Childhood: Why Early Memories Fade Our Brains Rewrite Our Memories, Putting Present In The Past http://wrkf.org/post/our-brains-rewrite-our-memories-putting-present-past Think about your fifth-birthday party. Maybe your mom carried the cake. What did her face look like? If you have a hard time imagining the way she looked then rather than how she looks now, you're not alone.<p>The brain edits memories relentlessly, updating the past with new information. Scientists say that this isn't a question of having a bad memory. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 18:20:00 +0000 editor 22182 at http://wrkf.org Our Brains Rewrite Our Memories, Putting Present In The Past Coffee Myth-Busting: Cup Of Joe May Help Hydration And Memory http://wrkf.org/post/coffee-myth-busting-cup-joe-may-help-hydration-and-memory Despite caffeine's <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/03/15/174334493/a-daily-habit-of-green-tea-or-coffee-cuts-stroke-risk">many benefits</a>, there's a belief out there that a daily coffee habit can cause dehydration.<p>So is it true? Not according to the findings of a <a href="http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0084154">new study</a>.<p>Researchers at the University of Birmingham in the U.K. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 23:22:00 +0000 editor 21241 at http://wrkf.org Coffee Myth-Busting: Cup Of Joe May Help Hydration And Memory Federal Brain Science Project Aims To Restore Soldiers' Memory http://wrkf.org/post/federal-brain-science-project-aims-restore-soldiers-memory When President Obama announced his plan to explore the mysteries of the human brain seven months ago, it was long on ambition and short on details.<p>Now some of the details are being sketched in.<p>The <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/share/brain-initiative">BRAIN Initiative</a> will include efforts to restore lost memories in war veterans, create tools that let scientists study individual brain circuits and map the nervous system of the fruit fly.<p>The Defense Advanced Projects Agency, or DARPA, which has committed more than $50 million to the effort, offered the clearest plan. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 21:34:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 18892 at http://wrkf.org Federal Brain Science Project Aims To Restore Soldiers' Memory