New Clues to Memory Glitch Behind ‘Senior Moments’

28:50 minutes

Reporting in Science Translational Medicine, Nobel Prize-winning neurobiologist Eric Kandel and colleagues write of a memory gene that appears to retire as the brain ages—leading to those “Where’d I put my keys?” moments. Kandel says such memory glitches may be reversible with the right intervention.


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Eric Kandel

Eric Kandel is the winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and co-director of the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Behavior Institute at Columbia University in New York, New York.

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