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    Do you have better memory than a Sun Devil?


    The front page of the Extreme Memory Challenge.

    Would you like to test your memory, advance scientific research and help beat Arizona State University?

    Then go online and participate in the Extreme Memory Challenge sponsored by Dart Neuroscience, a pharmaceutical company focused on understanding brain functioning and creating treatments to help maintain cognitive abilities throughout life.

    “The Extreme Memory Challenge is an online research study about long term memory in the general population,” said Emily Giron, a senior studying neuroscience and cognitive science and an intern for Dart Neuroscience in its bioinformatics and cognitive sciences departments. “One million participants are needed to establish a baseline for memory in the general population in order to identify people with exceptional memory capabilities.”

    So what do you have to do to participate?

    “The test [which has you look at faces and names] takes about five minutes across two days, and you get feedback on how your memory compares to the rest of the population, as well as to the [U.S. Memory Champion, Nelson Dellis],” Giron said.

    Participating would not only help advance research into human memory — completing the test would support your school as well. UA students, faculty and alumni can participate as part of the College Challenge for the XMC.This competition compares the overall memory performance of participants between colleges, which is where beating ASU comes into play.

    “Also, if any students are also interested in memory research and would like to access the XMC data for a project or paper, they can get a faculty member to submit a request on their behalf for the data,” Giron said.

    The Extreme Memory Challenge is available for free online. Its leaderboard for the College Challenge is also available on its website.

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