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Los Angeles Times, Sep, 29, 2018
Essential Arts & Culture: Ai Weiwei in L.A., a play for a garden, and the L.A. Phil gets ready to party
This weekend marks the first time the public will have a look at the art amassed by the late developer Gerald Buck, whose 3,200-piece collection will form the core of a new museum at UC Irvine. The show, quite appropriately, is titled “First Glimpse” and opens at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts on Sunday. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

CNN, Sep. 28, 2018
This part of the brain holds the key to Ford’s memory
During moments of highly aroused stress and fear, we develop a tunnel vision of memory. This was shown in a classic 1994 study by Larry Cahill, James McGaugh and colleagues at the University of California, Irvine …. Crucially, accurate recall was only enhanced for … the emotionally disturbing events; memory about the mundane beginning and end were no better than in the control subjects. In other words, it is only the most pertinent memories of a trauma that are indelible. Whose hand it was covering your mouth is there forever; the date and whose house it was fades into irrelevance.

Psychology Today, Sep. 30, 2018
Can an Easy 10-Minute Exercise Deliver a Real Memory Boost?
That brief exercise also led to increased activity in the hippocampus, the brain region most associated with recent memory, and to more connectivity between the dentate gyrus/CA3 regions of the hippocampus and specific regions of cerebral cortex associated with memory storage, according to Michael Yassa, PhD of the University of California at Irvine (UCI) and his colleagues at the University of Tsukuba in Japan, writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 

Gizmodo, Sep. 30, 2018
Memory Week, Amazon, and Seafloor Sludge: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week
The ability to remember every moment of your life sounds like an amazing proposition, but for the very few people who actually have this ability, it comes at a cost. Known as Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory (HSAM), or hyperthymesia, the condition—such that it is—was first chronicled by University of California-Irvine neurobiologist James McGaugh in 2006. In his seminal Neurocase study, McGaugh described “AJ,” a 42-year-old woman “whose remembering dominates her life.”

Daily Sun, Sep. 29, 2018
Could common household chemicals cause obesity?
Bruce Blumberg, a biology professor at the University of California at Irvine, first coined the term “obesogen” in 2006 after discovering that certain tin-based compounds known as organotins predisposed lab mice to weight gain.

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