• The Center mourns the loss of a dear friend and tireless CVL supporter. click here

  • CVL councilmember and benefactor’s life remembered in the Dallas Morning here

  • Aging-themed issue of Nautilus Magazine explores cognitive benefits of learning a new game such as chess, cites here

  • ‘Fitizen’ group at the Jewish Community Center of Dallas learns about research at CVL. click here

  • CVL research published in JoN finds that some memories persist in the face of strong interference. click here

  • Dr. Sara Festini’s research probes busyness levels and cognitive here

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Scientists Find Link between Clear Memories, Brain Connectivity

Feb. 10, 2015

Research from the Center for Vital Longevity (CVL) at UT Dallas sheds new light on how memories are successfully recollected.

Using data from three independent experiments, the research identifies a set of regions in the brain that consistently showed increases in their connectivity with other regions as an event was being successfully recollected. The findings were published last month by the Journal of Neuroscience.

“These findings identify a new and potentially important brain signature of successful recollection,” said Dr. Michael D. Rugg, professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences and co-director of the CVL. “They may have important implications for the understanding of memory impairment in a number of clinical conditions, as well as age-related memory decline.”

Successful recollection refers to when qualitative details of an event can be recalled, as opposed to familiarity- or gist-based recognition, which constitutes vague memories, such as feeling as if you’ve met someone before but not remembering where.

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