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

No. 1 Reason Having Vivid Dreams Benefits Your Brain

A groundbreaking study has identified—for the first time—a direct causal link between rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and memory formation.

How Nostalgia Can Improve your Love Life

Need to reenergize your romantic relationship? Try nostalgia.

Revisiting the Places of Memory

Most of us have visited a lost and found to retrieve a misplaced item, but where can we go to retrieve misplaced memories?

Understanding How to Live with Dementia

Skilled exercises help slow memory loss

Working Better: Brain Science in Business

There are many brain science lessons that can be applied in organisations from sleep hygiene to managing stress to fostering creativity.

How Depression Can Move On

The new coming out is coming out about struggles with depression. Here, Judy realizes that depression can lead to empathy, past trauma, & even make you funnier.. Read on

Unexpected Effect of Dreaming on Fear Memories

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on May 23, 2016 in Memory Medic
Your brain is busy while you sleep.

Trauma, PTSD, and Memory Distortion

One of the cruelest aspects of PTSD is that traumatic memories intensify over time, contributing to its progressive nature. This phenomenon may have once had value for humans.

My Experience of Psychosis

Transient post-operative delirium in critical care produced symptoms uniquely explained by the diametric model of mental illness.

Consciousness Revealed

The "Play of Consciousness" is the organizing principle for consciousness. Trauma in childhood and all throughout life creates traumatic plays.This is the cause of human suffering.

Resolving the Trauma You Didn't Know You Had

We've all experienced some degree of trauma. How well we cope in our lives today greatly depends on how much we are willing to recognize and make sense of these experiences.
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How We (Literally!) Navigate Sex

Feelings of lust, and other emotions, are hooked up to memories, which in our brains are linked to where they happened

Down Syndrome & Working Memory

Strategies to support learning in students with Down Syndrome

Think More, Eat Less? Memory Can Make Us Eat Less

Hungry? Surprisingly, the trick to eating less might be our memory, and not our stomach. Remembering a past meal, or thinking about a future meal, can lead to less snacking!

How Are Digital Devices Changing the Way We Think?

A new study from Darmouth College has pinpointed when it's best to read something printed on paper—and, other times, when it's better to read something from a digital device.

The Neuroscience of How We Intentionally Forget Experiences

Researchers at Dartmouth College have pinpointed how we remember, and forget, both good and bad memories.
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Random Love: To Hook Up or to Not Hook Up?

By Madelon Sprengnether on May 06, 2016 in Minding Memory
Who could have predicted that girls today would know less than women of my generation about their bodies and how to gratify their own desires?

Remember When It Was Easy to Remember?

By Lee Eisenberg on May 06, 2016 in The Point Is
Once upon a time, the interface was person-to-person. Now it's person-to-Siri. Does it really matter?

How to Survive Mother’s Day When Your Mother Is Gone

By Deborah Carr Ph.D. on May 05, 2016 in Bouncing Back
Mother's Day is hard when you don't have a mom. Here are ways to find strength and even joy on this bittersweet day.

Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop

Waiting for the other shoe to drop. Recognizing this tendency in early recollections of life and addressing ways to curb the downward shift.

Why Isn't Common Core Working?

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on April 30, 2016 in Memory Medic
Two-thirds of graduating seniors are not ready for college. Seventy-five percent failed the math test and sixty-three percent failed the reading test.

Addicted to Romantic Suspicion

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on April 30, 2016 in Obesely Speaking
When you are absolutely 100% sure he or she is cheating, and you are absolutely 100% dead wrong every time.

Stress and Your Heart

Much more than a pump, our heart has a brain with left and right hemispheric nodes that conduct the cellular symphony that is the very essence of our being.

The Little-Known Downsides of Mindfulness Practice

Recent research uncovers some potentially serious pitfalls.

Daydream Your Way to Better Grades

Got a final exam tomorrow (or some other memory task)? A good night’s sleep is the best preparation, but what if you don't have time for sleep? New research offers a ray of hope.
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The One Best Way to Remember Anything

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on April 26, 2016 in Memory Medic
There is one best way to remember anything. Are you using it?

The Timing of Memory

We celebrate joyous anniversaries, but we also observe anniversaries of loss – which can surprise us with emotional distress, thought disturbances, and attentional difficulties.

Prom Memories

Whether teens are searching for the perfect dress, or the best ride, prom season can be met with stress, tears, laughs, and most importantly, memories that can last a life time.

My Boss Stole My Idea

By Rolf Reber Ph.D. on April 23, 2016 in Critical Feeling
You presented an idea. Nobody listened. In a meeting three weeks later, your boss suddenly bursts out, “I have an idea!” It is your idea …

What Our Earliest Memories Say About Us

By Lee Eisenberg on April 23, 2016 in The Point Is
Do we choose this or that memory so that our life story will have nowhere to go but up?