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Memory: It's Aromatic

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Memory: It's Aromatic

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Memory: It's Aromatic

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A new study in the journal Science offers some scientific basis for what poets know: a particular scent can bring memories rushing back. German researchers had subjects play a computer game involving memorizing pairs of cards. Some played in a room scented with roses. Later, while they slept, researchers gave them a whiff of roses. The next day, those who had sniffed roses remembered the cards better than those who had not.

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A new study in the journal Science offers some scientific basis for what poets know: a particular scent can bring memories rushing back. German researchers had subjects play a computer game involving memorizing pairs of cards. Some played the memory game in a room scented with roses. Later, while in a deep sleep, researchers gave them a whiff of roses. Next day, those who've sniffed roses remembered the cards better than those who hadn't.

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