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Epigenetic Mechanism in the Cerebellum Drives Motor Learning

New research pinpoints how we learn new motor skills such as riding a bicycle, playing the piano, driving a car, etc.

Future Thinking and False Memories

Have you ever had a vivid memory that turned out to be false? New research suggests that false memories may actually be associated with a number of positive psychological traits.

Where Neuroscience is Making the Impossible, Possible

Three ways science fiction is fast becoming science.

The Two Faces of Nostalgia

It’s a well-known fact of life that “you can’t go home again,” and it’s how we deal with that realization that determines the emotional quality of our memories.

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In Praise of My FlipNote

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 23, 2016 in How To Do Life
My favorite possession is overpriced at $8.00 yet to me is priceless.

Identity Can Change Even After Death

By Kenneth J. Doka Ph.D. on July 17, 2016 in Good Mourning
Identity is not fixed at death—some times new information or values can change the way an individual is perceived even long after their death. This can deeply affect grief.

When Someone Won’t Talk About Their Childhood—Why Not?

If someone refuses to talk about their years growing up, you can safely assume that their past was hardly idyllic.

Pokémon Go and the Power of Nostalgia

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on July 12, 2016 in More Than Mortal
Can nostalgia explain why people are obsessed with Pokémon Go?

Chronic Pain May Be a Memory Problem

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on July 09, 2016 in Memory Medic
A prolonged period of acute pain strengthens the emotional pathways that are activated during pain. They do not go away even after the physical pain is gone.

Cities and Years

By Kaja Perina on July 05, 2016 in Brainstorm
When people ask me what impact a move will have on a child, I have a four-word answer: Depends on the child.

A Job Worth Doing: Understanding Early Recollections

Early recollections in life can seem mystical and obscure. A new model for interpreting the meaning of first memories can be helpful in understanding the remembrances.

Ads: Oregon Trail + Crystal Pepsi = Trip Down Memory Lane

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on June 30, 2016 in Screen Time
Can our childhood memories prompt us to buy products? What can we remind parents about the messages advertisers send?

The Brexit Age Gap

By Eyal Winter on June 30, 2016 in Feeling Smart
Were aged 65+ pro-Brexit voters trapped by nostalgia ?

The Bright Side of Dementia

Dementia is devastating, but somehow we’ve turned my mother's journey, our journey, into a treasure hunt. Here are some of the blessings we've discovered.

The Remembrance of Things Past

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on June 28, 2016 in A Sideways View
How much do you remember from your childhood? Why is it that some very specific memories are so clear and fresh and that so much is forgotten?

What Is the Link Between ADHD and Working Memory?

What can working memory tell us about attention and hyperactivity in children with ADHD?
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Better Aging Through Chemistry

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on June 25, 2016 in Memory Medic
The price we pay for living is dying. An anti-oxidant cocktail every day might slow that rate of dying.

The Best Years of Your Life

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on June 24, 2016 in Memory Medic
Older people have typically learned more about how to cope with disappointment and adversity and how to squeeze the sweet and good juice out of life.

Could Your Brain Store All the Information on the Web?

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on June 24, 2016 in Memory Medic
Just what is your learning capacity? Why aren't you achieving it?

Aerobic Activity Stimulates Neurogenesis (Birth of Neurons)

A study published today presents breathtaking images—and more proof—that aerobic exercise stimulates neurogenesis (birth of neurons) and improves memory function.

How Mild Is "Mild Cognitive Impairment"?

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on June 20, 2016 in iAge
Is memory loss the slippery slope to Alzheimer's disease?
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Can Two People Have the Same Dream?

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on June 19, 2016 in Dream Catcher
We have no good scientific explanations for shared dreams. Perhaps that is why science has not yet investigated these events.

When to Exercise if You Want to Boost Memory

When you exercise can impact how well you remember newly learned material. Here's how long you should wait to hit the gym after committing something new to memory.
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Sex and the Smart Phone

By Madelon Sprengnether on June 17, 2016 in Minding Memory
Sex, in the context of mutual attraction and empathy can feel not only loving, but also transcendent—a far cry from hooking up. Part II of my "Random Love" post series.

New Proof That We Consider Dogs to Be Family Members

Research focused on how we confuse the names of individuals shows that dogs are stored in the same portion of our memory as our family members.
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Clearing the Fog: Craniosacral Therapy Aims to Ease Dementia

Applications of a surprising technique may offer relief from the memory and thinking losses that we call dementia.

Yoga and Kirtan Kriya Mediation Bolster Brain Functioning

By Susan Reynolds on June 01, 2016 in Prime Your Gray Cells
Fire up your brain in fifteen minutes a day: Seven easy steps for performing Kirtan Kriya mediation

The Secret Truth About Your Earliest Memories

By David Ludden Ph.D. on June 01, 2016 in Talking Apes
Your life story may be more fiction than fact.

He Remembers Numbers, Forgets Faces

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 01, 2016 in How To Do Life
The number-centric versus people-centric life.

5 Surprising Reasons You Should Look Back on Your Past

Reflecting on the past can enrich the present (and the future) in unexpected ways.

The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on May 27, 2016 in Memory Medic
Start your thinking project with pen or pencil. Then use the keyboard for final production.

Is There a Tiny Writer Living in Your Brain?

By Lee Eisenberg on May 27, 2016 in The Point Is
How DO our memories get archived, retrieved, returned to storage, revised over time, deleted, recovered from the trash in a pinch?

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

Are you looking to reenergize your romantic relationship? Nostalgia can help.