Fun Psych Facts!

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Apparently, sniffing rosemary can increase your memory by 75%!!  Do I smell a psych experiment coming?

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t turns out that there are compounds in rosemary oil that may be responsible for changes in memory performance. One of them is called 1,8-cineole – as well as smelling wonderful (if you like that sort of thing) it may act in the same way as the drugs licensed to treat dementia, causing an increase in a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine.

These compounds do this by preventing the breakdown of the neurotransmitter by an enzyme. And this is highly plausible – inhalation is one of the best ways of getting drugs into the brain. When you eat a drug it may be broken down in the liver which processes everything absorbed by the gut, but with inhalation small molecules can pass into the bloodstream and from there to the brain without being broken down by the liver.

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Here are a couple of articles:

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33519453

http://livingtraditionally.com/why-rosemary-increases-your-memory-by-75/

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Monday November 9 – Psych Project class

We continued to work on the Year Long Psych Project this block.  You should be figuring out what your Driving (Essential) Question is going to be.  It will be expected that you have figured this out by the next time we have time in class for the project, which will be in a couple of weeks 🙂

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