Have we met?

A new study has shed light on how new memories are formed. Comparing the short term effect of the drug Midazolam (an anxiolytic and retrograde amnesic which is my bread and butter at work) and saline on memory of studied items, it found that when recollection was relied on, Midazolam impaired memory, whilst when familiarity was relied on, it did not.

I’d tell you more about it but can’t remember the details. But these findings don’t as yet point to any manner of improving memory, apart from vaguely suggesting not being on these sorts of drugs just to calm you down, as a rule of thumb.

In all seriousness, these findings don’t as yet point to any manner of improving memory, apart from vaguely suggesting not being on these sorts of drugs just to calm you down, as a rule of thumb. De ja vu. Speaking of which, scientists have now triggered de ja vu in the lab. Apart from having a lot of time on their hands, their study has shed further light on the processes of memory and the distinct workings of recollection vs. familiarity. It also casts doubt on beliefs in reincarnation, a theory which some support by their experiences of de ja vu.

1 Response to “Have we met?”


  1. 1 Jackie January 19, 2008 at 5:07 am

    What do you mean Versed is your bread and butter at work? I detest this medication and am trying to figure out why it was given to me. And it wasn’t so I would remain calm, that’s silly.

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