1.Which section of the human brain holds
Memories are stored all over the brain! There
are lots of different types of memory, such as
memory for events, memory for procedures, and
memory for a familiar face. These different
types of memory are stored in multiples
locations, and often require that different
parts of the brain communicate with each other
to recall the memory. The brain is one big
network, and for something as complex as memory
it requires a lot of communication between its
2.What techniques improve memory?
This depends what kind of memory you want to
improve, and there are lots of different
strategies. If you want to improve your memory
for performing a task, then practicing the task
helps a lot. If you want to improve your memory
for facts, you should try to make meaningful
connections between the facts you want to learn
and your prior knowledge.
3. Can chewing gum improve your memory?
Great question! There is a little bit of
evidence that chewing gum may help learning.
There are usually two parts to a memory test:
the initial learning of information, and the
test. If people chew gum during learning, this
may help them keep their attention on the
material, and this may help them learn. It is
also possible that people who chew gum during
learning do better on a test if they chew gum
during the test as well, but not as well if they
don't chew gum during the test. It seems as
though there haven't been many experiments
testing this, however, so your results will be
4. How does gum stimulate the brain?
Chewing gum involves a lot of parts of the
brain. The orofacial sensorimotor and promotor
cortex are involved in the physical act of
chewing. Chewing gum also seems to activate a
fronto-parietal network that may help with
processing cognitive information. (This
information comes from a 2004 study entitled "A
fronto-parietal network for chewing of gum: a
study on human subjects with functional magnetic
resonance imaging" by T. Takada and T. Miyamoto)
5. How can I make my project the best it can
It's very important to include proper
experimental control in your experiment. That
means that you should compare your gum-chewing
group to a group that is as similar as possible,
but without the gum. There are a few ways you
could do this: 1) If you're interested in the
effect of chewing versus not chewing, you could
have one group chew gum and the other group do
nothing, 2) If you're interested in the effect
of just the gum, you could have one group chew
gum and the other group make a chewing motion
with no gum, or 3) If you're interested in the
effect of the minty flavor of gum, you could
have one group chew gum and the other group chew
flavorless gum. The control group you choose
depends on which question you want to ask.
6. What is your profession?
I am a Ph.D. student studying cognitive
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