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Scientists Test Whether Brain Stimulation Could Help Sharpen Aging Memory

Memory faltering as you age? Parts of your brain that used to work in-sync may be out-of-step. A study shows that a precise jolt of electricity can bring these parts back together, boosting memory.
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It's an unfortunate fact of life — as we age, we tend to become more forgetful.

Aging brains struggle especially with working memory. Called the workbench of the mind, working memory allows us to store useful bits of information for a few seconds, and use that information across different brain areas to help solve problems, plan, or make decisions.

Researchers are trying to understand why this ability fades as we age, and whether we can slow, or reverse, that decline.

One leading hypothesis contends that working memory works by far-flung brain areas firing synchronously. When two areas are on the same brain wavelength, communication is tight, and working memory functions seamlessly.

But as we age, these brain areas start falling out of step, and these once tightly linked brain areas are no demonstrates a link between these mismatched brain rhythms and declines in working memory in older adults and shows that a precise form of electrical stimulation applied to the scalp can coax these brain areas back into sync.

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