Essential Reads

Creativity Is Memory

Coming up with new ideas requires retrieving those ideas from your memory.

Social Media and Healing of Memories

When social media brings back difficult memories, we might need time to heal.

Prions, Memory and PTSD

A conversation with Nobel prize winning neuroscientist Dr. Eric R. Kandel

Memories of Trauma

Do people vividly remember—or repress—memories of life-threatening events?

Recent Posts on Memory

Creativity Is Memory

By Art Markman Ph.D. on October 06, 2015 Ulterior Motives
Do you remember the shock you had (perhaps as a teenager) when you realized that all of the characters in your dreams are part of your own memories? Even though, the things they say seem to come from someone else, they have to reflect information from your own memory and experiences.

God, the Future, and Our Brain

By Joseph A Shrand M.D. on October 04, 2015 The I-M Approach
As we evolved, humans developed an ability to anticipate the consequences of our actions. This critical part of our survival brought with it an unexpected consequence: when we think about the future, we may think about our mortality. This fear may have contributed to our conception of a powerful entity to protect us after our bodies no longer can.

How does childhood trauma affect the adult brain?

What is the affect of negative childhood experiences on the adult brain?

Is It Time To Worry When Flight Attendants Are Told To Sit?

By Tom Bunn L.C.S.W. on September 30, 2015 Conquer Fear Of Flying
If if the turbulence is expected to be light, pilots try to turn the seat belt sign on early. This is because the flight attendants must put away loose items in the galley and stow the serving carts before they are seated.

A Meditation for My Mother

By Susan Hooper on September 28, 2015 Detours and Tangents
I helped care for my mother for six years before she died. The sixth anniversary of her death feels like a turning point for me.

Improve Your Memory: The Case Against Crosswords and Google

Do crosswords help improve cognitive functioning, or are you just strengthening a strength? And if you can’t recall some bit of information, should Google always be the answer?

Test Stress in Children: Rx with Brain Friendly Studying

By Judy Willis M.D., M.Ed. on September 25, 2015 Radical Teaching
Tests are often one of the most stressful experiences facing children. Because we can’t make them go away like bad dreams, we can help reduce that stress by guiding kids to study using brain-research based strategies that increase memory and understanding.

Total Mind Control, Possible?

In the dark and sinister underworld of spies and madmen many things are possible. So, has hypnosis been used to program people to do something illegal or even diabolical?

Are Early Childhood Memories Random and Disconnected?

By Arthur J. Clark Ed.D. on September 23, 2015 Dawn of Memories
Finding patterns in an individual's early recollections

Worldwide Alzheimer's Day: Full Circle on the Irish Sea

By Greg O'Brien on September 21, 2015 On Pluto
“What scares me about this disease, is the loss of memory and the inability to carry a conversation. The brain just isn’t processing; it’s stalled. It’s embarrassing. So I often avoid conversation. I retreat into myself, and at times deal with rage. People who know me say, ‘He’s changed a lot.’”

Dear Diary: Want To Hear a Secret?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on September 20, 2015 Creating in Flow
Dear Diary Day (Sept. 22) ought to be every day, especially for writers. Get the habit of making notes in a journal, whether for your future self, or to enrich your next writing project. All you need is an open mind and a seductive notebook at hand.

Why Did the Mass Effect 3 Ending Ruin the Whole Series?

By Jamie Madigan Ph.D. on September 15, 2015 Mind Games
What do the ending of the Mass Effect series and a painful medical procedure have in common? They both illustrate how memory and evaluation of experiences interact.

Social Media and Healing of Memories

By Thelma Duffey Ph.D. on September 09, 2015 Works in Progress
When an unexpected name comes back from the past, it can throw us for a loop.

We Study Play Because Life is Hard

By Bernard L. De Koven on September 08, 2015 On Having Fun
Allow me to introduce you to a friend and scholar who recently passed away. He was an inspiration to me and so many people who have come to believe that play is an important part of life.

Basics of Getting Beyond Trauma

By Kimberly Key on September 01, 2015 Counseling Keys
Three debilitating things that can happen in a traumatic event. With any complex issue, there are a host of solutions that equal in complexity. This article is going to focus on one, and often missed, solution.

Using Good Memory Habits to Boost Your Memory

We all make memory mistakes from time to time. In this posting, we talk about a strategy to help with common memory problems, a strategy that is a lot like Grandma’s advice … a pearl of wisdom based not so much on hard scientific evidence but proven through years of experience.

The Traumatized Brain

A new blog about brain injury from the authors of the upcoming book, The Traumatized Brain: A Family Guide to Understanding Mood, Memory, and Behavior after Brain Injury.

Listening to Your Inner Voice

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on August 31, 2015 Media Spotlight
Inner speech is far more important than most people realize. From early childhood onward, inner speech plays a vital role in regulating how we think and behave. Not only does it often allow us to "rehearse" different scenarios and enables us to avoid rash actions, but inner speech may be essential to memory and self-awareness as well.

The Burden of the Past

By Susan Hooper on August 28, 2015 Detours and Tangents
I have been blessed with a good memory. But recently I decided to spend less time rummaging through my past and more time looking toward my future.

20 Secrets of Successful Students

Some are common sense, some counterintuitive and all guaranteed to help you get the 'A'.

How Bad Dreams Can Help You Solve Your Problems

By Michelle Carr on August 26, 2015 Dream Factory
Several authors have shown that current emotional problems are frequently incorporated into dreams, and further, dreaming may provide creative solutions to these problems.

Prions, Memory and PTSD

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has been described as a disorder of memory. It has become quite apparent that there are two types of memory in PTSD. The work of Eric R. Kandel forms the basis for much of what we understand about how memories are formed.

Memories of Trauma

By David Myers on August 26, 2015 Talk Psych
Imagine yourself as a traumatized passenger on a transatlantic flight that has run out of fuel and is seemingly destined to crash in the ocean. Such was the real life experience of psychologist Margaret MacKinnon, who, with colleagues, later compared passengers' memories with actual flight events. Their findings teach us a lesson about human memory.

Why Does Physical Activity Improve Cognitive Flexibility?

People who are physically active tend be better at thinking outside the box. Why is this? New research from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers some valuable clues.

Why Are Optimists Smiling? Are They Blind to Reality?

Understanding a Person's Outlook on Life Through Early Recollections

Psychotherapy as a Learning Experience

Therapy is a learning experience. Perhaps findings from the neuroscience of learning and memory can suggest ways to improve the storage of memories that are formed during a therapy session.

Objects and Memories...and the Pain of Letting Go

By Barry Yourgrau on August 24, 2015 Mess
The Pain of Letting Go

Poison Apple: Technology Fads Make Your Kids Dumber

Students have confused the ability to look up a fact with actual knowledge.They can Google the who, what, and when, but can't explain "why."

Creative Rehabilitation, Part 4: Dementia

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on August 22, 2015 Trouble in Mind
Creative and individualized strategies to help a person with dementia retain some dignity and reasons for living are feasible in the early and mid-way stages of the disease, and support and therapy can help family members cope when their loved one is alive, as well as make the grieving process less painful.