How a Word on the Tip of Your Tongue Can Cloud Your Judgment

Do you ever feel as if a word is on the tip of your tongue, just out of reach of access? It turns out that such tip-of-the-tongue experiences can lead to bias in decision-making.

How Zaps to the Brain Can Improve Memory

Researchers strategically stimulated certain brain regions thought to be involved in human memory. Using functional neuroimaging, they were able to determine that there was increased connectivity among regions involved in the stimulation, and that participants who showed greater increases in connectivity from stimulation also showed greater memory enhancement.

Can Unwanted Memories Be Undone?

Recent research suggests that presenting reminders of traumatic memories during sleep may help to diminish them.

How to Become a Super-Learner with Standard Apps

Determining which things do versus do not help learning is not intuitive. Research has shown that there is a disconnect between what people feel helps their learning and what actually does. But understanding and believing the research on what helps learning is only half the battle: Implementing these techniques in daily life is the other. Here are some simple suggestions.

What Do Déjà Vu and Houdini Have in Common?

Tag team lectures on déjà vu and Houdini reveal some surprising connections between the two. Can you guess what they are?

Wait, Have I Dreamt This Before? How Is That Possible?

Have you ever experienced a situation that you thought was a new experience, except that you seem to remember having dreamt about the situation before? There may be a logical explanation, rooted in memory, for why this type of experience sometimes occurs.

Developing a Superior Memory by Cuing Memories During Sleep

Research shows that you can strengthen earlier-formed memories by playing sounds during sleep that were associated with experiences you had while you were awake. New apps may make it possible for anyone to strategically cue memories during the critical phase of sleep in order to enhance memory, be it for memorization of facts and information or for performance training.

The Danger in Probing Memory in the Spirit of Self-Discovery

Probing memory for the purpose of self-discovery does not come without risk. The risks make it important to know beforehand what is involved in any form of self-improvement before beginning, from workshops to training seminars to weekend retreats.

People with Extraordinary Autobiographical Memory

Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory (HSAM) is a very rare condition marked by an extraordinary ability to recall one’s past experiences. Give them a date and a year, and people with HSAM can tell you exactly what they were doing on that day and what day of the week it was. What makes the brains of people with HSAM different from the rest of us?

Why Holidays Can Trigger Grief-Related Memories

The holidays are often particularly difficult for those who have experienced a loss. Though there are many possible reasons for this, one reason may be the unique memory triggers that that the holiday season carries with it.

Why Deja vu Can Create an Illusion of Precognition

People often insist with great confidence that their experiences of déjà vu have been accompanied by a sense of what will happen next. It feels to them like a so-called precognition or an ability to see into the future. Is there an explanation for this illusion that is rooted in memory?

A New Method of Remembering Passwords

We’ve all been there. We go to log into a website, it prompts us for a password, and we fail to remember it. Could implicit memory help us to circumvent the need for consciously retrieving our passwords?

That Nagging Feeling of Familiarity with a Face

Most of us have recognized someone as familiar without being able to pinpoint why. Recently, as I was giving a presentation at the University of Colorado, Boulder, I had a nagging feeling of familiarity every time I glanced at a guy sitting in the front row. Where had I seen him before? Should I trust that instinct?