Archive for January, 2014

OA research in the news: Rewriting fearful memories

Posted January 30th, 2014 by Katharine Dunn
Photo by Len Rubenstein

Photo by Len Rubenstein

Sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder sometimes undergo a treatment in which they re-experience a fearful memory in a safe place, with the hope that their brains will rewrite the memory so it no longer triggers them. But this therapy doesn’t always work and its effects may not last, especially if the memory is years old. MIT neuroscientists, including Picower Institute for Learning and Memory director Li-Huei Tsai, have shown they can lessen traumatic memories in mice when pairing the behavioral therapy with a dose of a drug that that makes the brain more malleable. “Our experiments really strongly argue that either the old memories are permanently being modified, or a new much more potent memory is formed that completely overwrites the old memory,” Tsai told the MIT News.

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Binders’ Tickets in the Peterson Telegraphy Collection

Posted January 30th, 2014 by Jana Dambrogio

Binders’ tickets are one type of signed binding and are rare finds. They would have been placed in the book by the binder for a little “PR”. Here are the only two found in the books in the newly donated and catalogued Peterson Telegraphy Collection.

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Leighton Son and Hodge.

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Binder’s Ticket #2

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Wyman and Sons. Publisher binding. London. 1880s.

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Wyman and Sons advertised themselves as printers, engravers, lithographers, bookbinders, and stationers. They made the books from scratch, literally, from the printing of the text pages to the binding of the books. They were located at 74, 75 and later 81 Great Queen Street, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, W.C. Check out their many advertisements in The Academy and Literature. The one in volume 12, August 25, 1877, p. 205 is informative. See Google free eBooks.

interns

Shown above (left to right) are Marianna Brotherton and Leslie To, who have just completed an internship in our lab. For the past few months, Marianna and Leslie have been helping to process and conserve the Peterson Telegraphy Collection–a total of 42 boxes of books, pamphlets, photos, and artifacts. Stay tuned for a “farewell guest blog post” from Marianna and Leslie about their favorites treasures from the Peterson Telegraphy Collection.