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Scientists hope new brain wave research can help improve memory

June 20, 2019 - 4:00 am

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​​​​By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — You have probably heard the term brain waves.

They have been a big mystery to many of us over the years, but now there is new information that controlling the frequency of brain waves could help improve people's recall of memories.

Some are even hoping that this brain wave control could help in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease.

These brain waves, or oscillations, occur during neural processes that are necessary for memory.

Scientists who have researched this say that memory can be improved by improving the rhythmic neural stimulation of the brain by controlled artificial means.

The researchers from Atlanta’s Emory University say brain waves can be modified using sounds and images in precise patterns.