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What is… amnesia

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term: amnesia Amnesia is a memory deficit that can go in two different directions.  Retrograde amnesia goes backward, affecting previously stored memories.  Anterograde amnesia goes forward, affecting the ability to move short-term memory information into new long-term stored memories. … Continue reading What is… amnesia

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synapses lighting up the brain

Let’s get synapsing – Exercise Your Brain by Learning!

We hear a lot about neuoroplasticity, the amazing ability our brains have to remodel themselves and create new connections.  These are actual structural changes in the brain, and can happen following some form of damage but also with exposure to cognitive demands and the acquisition of new skills. According to an article in the Journal … Continue reading Let’s get synapsing – Exercise Your Brain by Learning!

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THINC-it test results for cognition in depression

I am Actually Getting Stupider: The THINC-it Test in Depression

Despite what the title might suggest, this post isn't about me being self-critical.  I have been struggling for months with cognitive symptoms of depression, and on a daily basis I notice that it impairs my functioning.  But it's not something I've ever had much of an objective sense of. Measuring cognitive function in depression Until … Continue reading I am Actually Getting Stupider: The THINC-it Test in Depression

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