Memory makes us. If we couldn't recall the who, what, where, and when of our everyday lives, we would never be able to manage. 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 reading our articles on the science of recollection.

Recent Posts on Memory

Obesity, Diet, and Your Brain

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on February 10, 2016 Media Spotlight
Recent research has found a strong link between high fat, high sugar "Western diets" (WD for short) and obesity, brain functioning, and our ability to learn.

How Does the Law Treat Repressed Memories?

By Ruth Lee Johnson J.D. on February 09, 2016 So Sue Me
The existence of repressed memories is a controversial topic in psychology. But how will it play out in court?

More Proof That Aerobic Exercise Can Make Your Brain Bigger

New research confirms that sustained aerobic exercise stimulates the birth of new neurons in the adult brain. This process may improve learning and memory, especially as we age.

Who Wipes Who? Life After Depends

By Eliezer Sobel on February 08, 2016 The 99th Monkey
Although I knew it wasn’t really the “right” thing to think, I was nevertheless secretly grateful to Alzheimer’s; it had allowed for the healing of my relationship with my mother.

Do Learning Styles Determine Grades?

Do Learning Styles Predict Grades?

The Mysterious Connection Between Smell and Our Past

Have you ever caught a whiff of something that transported you back in time, but you could never figure out what point in time it transported you to? There’s a reason for that.

Why Is Your Child Good (Or Bad...) at Both Math and Reading?

By Garth Sundem on February 03, 2016 Brain Trust
Why do reading and math go together? Is it general intelligence boosting both? Study skills? Tiger parenting? A new study pinpoints this skill...and it's not general intelligence.

Training the Brain to Control Negative Emotions

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on February 03, 2016 Memory Medic
The human brain contains a distinct network that serves as its executive agent. This network can be trained to develop a more robust capacity for executive control.

Is "Retroprognosis" a Word?

By Kaja Perina on February 01, 2016 Brainstorm
The snapshot depicted two boys years before tragedy struck; as such it was a momentary portal to an alternate reality in which the Unabomber never came into being.

Can Your Diet Make You Stupid?

Obesity induces alterations in how the DNA within the cells of your brain allow you to encode new memories.

The Unshakeable Power of Rumor

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on January 28, 2016 Mental Mishaps
Have you heard the latest? When we hear rumors, we make guesses and draw conclusions. But can we correct our mistaken beliefs when we receive more accurate information?

What the film Altered Minds Reveals about Family Secrets

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on January 26, 2016 The Squeaky Wheel
Part two of my interview with the director of 'Altered Minds'--focusing on family secrets.

Developmental Coordination Disorder & Working Memory

How is memory linked to poor balance, coordination and handwriting (Dyspraxia)?

Consciousness and Dreams

Every day we sleep, but not every sleep has memorable dreams. When we do recall our dreams, they can be mundane or surreal and nonsensical. Is there a reason for having dreams?

The Flavors of Our Travels

Food is a gateway to the cultures we are exploring, and later, a faithful gateway to our memories.

Read Any Good Memories Lately?

Could Jane Austen and your 6th grade crush be standing between you and material success? The possible perils of reading and remembering for pleasure.

Nasal Spray May Prevent PTSD, Study Finds

Nasal spray may help prevent traumatic memories from forming in the first place.

Regrets? I've Had a Few

By E E Smith on January 16, 2016 Not Born Yesterday
Drop the name "Sinatra" in almost any conversation and people will know you mean Ol' Blue Eyes, the Chairman of the Board, leader of the Rat Pack.

7 Ways to Trump Brain Games

By Susan Reynolds on January 11, 2016 Prime Your Gray Cells
Now that the shine has been dimmed on “brain games” in staving off aging-related decline, it’s important to revisit scientifically proven ways to keep your brain healthy.

A Place in the World: Place Meanings in Early Recollections

Why and how place or location matters in the first memories of life.

Where’s the Nearest Starbucks? Sex Differences in Wayfinding

Are there really evolved sex differences in cognition?

Advice For Teachers: How To Make Daily Quizzes Work

Do you want to give daily quizzes in your class? Here are a few tips based on experience.

Dyslexia and Working Memory

Are they related? And what's the link?

Reflections on 'Making a Murderer'

By Siu-Lan Tan Ph.D. on January 01, 2016 What Shapes Film?
'Making a Murderer'. Surely life, people, and motives are more complicated and undefined than the story in any opening or closing argument or documentary can contain?

Recent News About Music Effects on Memory

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on January 01, 2016 Memory Medic
If you listen to music while studying, how do you know if that is a good idea?

You Snore, You Lose

By Elaine Reese Ph.D. on December 31, 2015 Tell Me a Story
Does your child snore? Learn more about how snoring can affect your child's success in school.

The Last Time I Saw Paris

By Susan Hooper on December 30, 2015 Detours and Tangents
In high school and college I yearned to live in Paris. But life intervened, and I made just one trip there. Now I wonder if I can summon the courage to visit again.

5 Ways to Hack Your Nightmares

By David J Ley Ph.D. on December 27, 2015 Women Who Stray
Learning what nightmares are, and what they aren't, is one of the first ways to remove their power.

New Year, New (Brain Health) Resolutions

Looking for New Year's resolution tips for brain health? Here are the do's and don'ts.