Making Better Use of Your Synapses
The Letters of Memory

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5. Our cognitive and behavioral development is adaptive to our_______embodiments. Clue: brain + mind
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Noradrenaline is a “fight or___” hormone released by the adrenal glands in response to stress. Clue: rhymes with light. EASY!
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In Alzheimer’s disease and other memory dysfunctions, the loss of cholinergic neurons is associated with impaired cognitive function, including memory ___. Clue: rhymes with moss
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The author of the article you’re reading asks if receptor damage can not only be slowed but repaired by increasing the supply of the neurotransmitters to compensate for reduced efficacy, or increasing the utility of the neurotransmitters in the ______. Clue: a junction between two nerve cells (pl.)
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The energy of the mind is the essence of life. Who wrote this unforgettable statement or something like it? Clue: A is A
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Researchers in the May 2012 study, although considering slowing down the genetic effects on neuromodulation, do not consider other ways of slowing ______ damage. Clue: a protein molecule that receives and responds to a neurotransmitter, or other substance 16.
As neurotransmitter systems age and senesce, our ____ and cognitive finesse across our lifespan tends to degrade and run downhill. Clue: how we act (adj.) 17.
Every thought, every feeling, every _____, everything that goes on in your mind is built upon your neurocognitive processes. Clue: sense of purpose

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1. There is consensus among gerontologists and allied specialists that the integrities of the dopamine, serotonin, and acetylcholine systems ____during the course of aging. Clue: decline
2. What are the letters standing for the words that bolster the neurotransmitter precursors phenylalanine, tryptophan, and choline? Clue: They can be seen all over Einstein’s head
3. Several _____ systems broadly empower nerve energy to various neural circuitries throughout the brain. Clue: message-carrying
4. ______ is a neurocognitive process. Clue: thinking
6. If you are serious about preserving memory function, higher choline ____ is a must. Clue: opposite of outtake
8. In a large community based study, verbal memory and visual memory were found to be strongly _____ with choline intake. Clue: connected
9. While animal and human adult studies reveal that making more serotonin helps with behavior _____, even among young boys, tryptophan supplementation has been shown to be beneficial. Clue: management
10. Human beings take in organic compounds from the environment to produce _____ and are known as heterotrophs. Clue: what some of us need in late afternoon to keep us going
13. Catecholamines include dopamine, noradrenaline, and ______. Clue: biologically derived from tryptophan and thought to be linked to feelings of well-being
17. It is known that the catecholamines — including noradrenaline, dopamine, and serotonin — are made in the body from the amino _____ phenylalanine and tryptophan. Clue: the opposite of alkaline (pl.)

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