Scientists from the University of Southern California have developed a technique to increase short-term memory in people suffering from neurodegenerative diseases. On average, the memory efficiency is increased by 37%.
Diseases of the nervous system, which are considered to be a group of neurodegenerative ones, pose a serious problem for modern mankind. The work of American scientists is aimed at improving the efficiency of short-term memory, which suffers most from such diseases.
In the problem areas of the brain, electrodes are implanted, designed to stimulate the limbic system of the brain. The tested patients were tested for the ability to memorize and identify colors, choose the demonstrated color from several proposed samples. Further, the experiment was complicated and the patient needed to identify what he wanted in the pictures.
Testing patients were two times: once the electrodes did not stimulate the brain regions, the second time the test passed after stimulation. The use of electrodes allowed to increase the efficiency of memory with colors by 5% and by 37% with images. As the researchers emphasize, the use of electrodes does not replace the function of memory, but only stimulates the person’s abilities.