How Memory Works & How It Can Be Improved with Dr. Craig Stark

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How Memory Works & How It Can Be Improved with Dr. Craig Stark
 

About the Guest:

Dr. Craig Stark's research investigates the neural bases of human long-term memory. He uses functional neuroimaging (fMRI), experimental psychology, neuropsychological studies of amnesic patients, and studies of aging and dementia to investigate how the neural systems supporting these various types of memory operate and interact. Particular emphasis is placed on understanding the human hippocampus and other components of the medial temporal lobe.

 In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How human memory works 
  • How the hippocampus and Amygdala affect memory
  • Techniques to improve your memory 
  • How games can improve memory

Memorable Quotes:

  • Memory is stored in the strengths of the connections between neurons. Our brain has, somewhere between ten and a hundred billion neurons, and they all make connections to a bunch of other neurons. And memory is stored as the strength of the connections between them. - Craig Stark
  • You are never too old. Your brain is changeable, plastic, and malleable. You can rewire it at any stage in life. These kinds of things are out there, and learning and memory are the ways to rewire your brain. - Craig Stark
  • In dementia, the hippocampus and its adjacent structures are ground zero. They get taken out. Dory from Finding Nemo is a great example of an amnesic patient. She can't remember what happened if she gets distracted. These amnesic patients could be telling you a story and the end of the story would remind them of the beginning of the story, and they could even just loop and tell it again. - Craig Stark

About the Host:

Dung Trinh, MD is the Chief Medical Officer of Irvine Clinical Research, a medical missionary with TongueOut Medical Missions, and holds leadership positions with multiple healthcare organizations in Orange County. He is a keynote speaker, best-selling author, and Host of “Health Talks with Dr. Trinh” which can be heard weekly on OC Talk Radio

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