Human Memory: Brain-State-Dependent Effects of Stimulation.

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Summary of "Human Memory: Brain-State-Dependent Effects of Stimulation."

A new study shows that direct stimulation of memory-relevant brain areas can enhance memory performance, but only when stimulation is applied during brain states associated with poor memory outcome - stimulation during optimal states results in a decrease in memory.


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Name: Current biology : CB
ISSN: 1879-0445
Pages: R385-R387


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