Memory makes us. If we couldn't recall the who, what, where, and when of our everyday lives, we wouldn't be able to function. We mull over ideas in the present with our short-term (or working) memory, while we store past events and learned meanings in our long-term (episodic or semantic) memory. What's more, memory is malleable–and it tends to decay with age. So stay sharp by learning about the science of recollection.

Recent posts on Memory

To Heal Trauma, Work with the Body

When cognitive therapy is not enough to heal trauma, consider taking a body-based approach.

Are Older People Wiser?

By Lawrence R Samuel Ph.D. on August 20, 2017 in Boomers 3.0
Memory worsens as we get older, but research also suggests that our strategy for the way that we process thoughts and information changes for the better.

What Your Earliest Food Memories Say About You

Memories of food associated with growing up influence you in ways you never realized. New research shows the role that food memory plays in adapting to adult life.

Is Your Brain Older Than You Are?

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in Memory Medic
Memory loss is a main symptom of excessive brain aging that we can all notice.

First Memories

Like a child who uses a blanket to self-soothe, a memory may be a psychological mechanism awakened at certain moments to protect us from hopelessness.

How Over-Learning can Solidify a Skill

Can practicing a skill beyond the point of mastery solidify it in memory? Study suggests it can, and that neural inhibition might prevent interference by another task.

Criticizing a Saint Part 2

Revisiting the decision not to interview Viktor Frankl.

Glen Campbell’s Farewell Tour, Accompanied by Alzheimer’s

By Dean Olsher MA, MT-BC on August 09, 2017 in A Sound Mind
"Even though Campbell cannot recognize himself in a home movie from his younger days, he is still able to deploy his exquisite singing voice and guitar chops onstage."

Remembering Accidentally on Purpose

It's a well-known, unfortunate fact of life that some of our memory functions decline as we age, but recent studies suggest there may be a silver lining to that gray cloud.

Your Memories Make You Who You Are

Don't worry if can't remember the details of your first kiss that well. Your unconscious does it for you.

Mental Down Time Affects Learning

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on August 04, 2017 in Memory Medic
"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy," might be re-framed, "all work and no rest makes Jack a poor learner."

Unimagined Sensitivities—Series Conclusion

By Michael Jawer on August 01, 2017 in Feeling Too Much
Death—and its close relative, trauma—may trigger perceptions that subvert the normal bounds of space and time. The fascinating evidence merits serious investigation.
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You Really Need to Be Tracking Your Dreams

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on August 01, 2017 in Dream Catcher
Recording and working with your dreams on a regular basis may allow you to better predict your illnesses, cultivate your creativity and improve your daily social interactions.

Focused Distractions? How We Adapt to Multi-Tasking

“Don’t distract me, I am multitasking”: Distractions can be damaging, but even when multi-tasking, we learn how to focus on what is important.

Can Sweet Memories Neutralize Conflict?

When intimate partners fight to win, their conflicts can easily deteriorate into accusations, invalidations, and character assassinations.

Green Tea May Ameliorate Brain Drain Linked to Western Diets

A pioneering new study reports that a compound in green tea (EGCG) may prove to be a therapeutic intervention for diet-related memory impairment and neuroinflammation.

Never Again Forget a Name With This Proven Method

Everyone wishes to have a better memory for faces, but so far there's been no magic bullet. A new study based on a popular game shows how to make that magic work for you.

Reminiscing and Contemplating

There is a natural tendency with age to live too much in the past.

7 Major Questions (and Answers) About Dreaming

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on July 28, 2017 in Sleep Newzzz
Dreaming is a strange and mysterious process — one that scientists don’t fully understand. Let’s take a closer look at the stuff of which dreams are made.

Ravens Plan for the Future; Rats Know When They've Forgotten

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on July 27, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Research on animal cognition is yielding very interesting results. New studies show ravens show flexibility in planning for the future and rats know when they've forgotten stuff.

Dementia of Youth—Why Our Memories Are So Unreliable

Do you feel a little lost in your life choices? Small mindset shifts can go a long way

ADHD: A Bundle of Deplorable Problems Masked in Plain View?

ADHD: a performance deficit---significant difficulties implementing academic skills, not specifically learning them. Is ADHD over-diagnosed and stimulant drugs over-prescribed?

How Good Is a Dog's Ability to Remember People?

There are suggestions that dogs can remember and may recognize particular people even after years of separation.

Do Brain-Changing Games Really Work?

By Lydia Denworth on July 14, 2017 in Brain Waves
Want to improve your thinking and memory? Think brain-changing games might help? A new study looked at their effect on the brain, on cognitive performance, and on decision-making.

Promising New Treatment for Depression

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on July 13, 2017 in Memory Medic
Recent research emphasizes the importance of memory as therapy for depression.
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Why Early-Life Dreams Correlate with Adult Nightmares

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on July 11, 2017 in Media Spotlight
How can your earliest memories shape the nightmares you might be experiencing as an adult? And what might it mean for adults dealing with frequent nightmares?

Caution: Memory at Work

By Paula Croxson Ph.D. on July 09, 2017 in Selective Memory
A new study sheds light on how we keep our minds on the task at hand even when faced with the distractions of modern life.

Trauma Nation

By Stanton Peele on July 07, 2017 in Addiction in Society
The cultural movement of recovering trauma is actually a psychological disaster of its own making. The answers—forward planning and community building—are nowhere apparent.

“Memory Athletes” and the Rest of Us

With a specific type of memory training, individuals can alter connections within and between brain networks to resemble connections found in the brains of elite memory athletes.

Mnemonic Misery

How negative emotions can improve your memory.