Essential Reads

Why a Drained Brain Makes Bad Decisions

By David DiSalvo on August 22, 2016 in Neuronarrative
The brain is an energy hog that uses 15-20% of the body’s circulating blood glucose each day, and that energy isn't insignificant when it comes to making sound decisions.

Treating Road Rage: A Free-Range Approach

How a hawaiian shirt, the music of Gabby Pahinui, and a lump of coconut-scented surf wax helped cure a case of road rage

A Tale of Science, Ethics, Intrigue, and Human Flaws

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on August 08, 2016 in Trouble in Mind
The NYT article heralding a controversial new book on amnesiac HM, the neurosurgeon who operated on him, and the scientists who studied him is a poor reflection of the whole truth.

When Stress Turns Toxic

New research shows that after three days of stress, the brain begins to shrink, manifesting quickly in loss of memory.

More Posts on Memory

Muscle Memory—It’s in Your Head, Not Your Limbs

Don’t believe promises of “accelerated learning.” Four proven practices can boost retention and give you peace of mind instead.

Playing Games With Memory

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on August 24, 2016 in Play in Mind
New technology makes it less urgent that we commit facts to memory.
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Original Teenage Soul

By John P. Schuster on August 18, 2016 in The Power of Your Past
The soulful social psychology of this weekend was not lost on any of us. We were celebrating the best parts of us that only these old friends know in its purest forms.

Why Theological Waywardness Is Inevitable

Natural penchants of mind, such as anthropomorphism, dispose people to think about gods in ways that often conflict with their religions' doctrines.

Why Do Siblings Have Different Memories of Growing Up?

Have you ever noticed siblings remember things differently? Partly because we each experienced a different family. We need to accept our different perceptions and each other.

Trump Speak

By Madelon Sprengnether on August 15, 2016 in Minding Memory
Professors of English are masters of speaking, writing, and critical thinking. My fear: Trump's misspoken word or phrase might plunge us into nuclear war.

What Makes These 6 New Novels Unforgettable?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on August 05, 2016 in Creating in Flow
You probably don't remember every book you read. A novel sticks when characters are so real, emotions so genuine, that you experience the story as though an actual witness to it.

Does Watching Video Hurt Our Moral Judgments About the News?

We assume that in news, streaming video is always better than still images, but is that true? Video can undermine our best moral judgments by making it hard to access memory.

Why We Read WebMD

Research explains the impulse to look for medical information online.

If We Only Had a Brain: Participate in a Clinical Trial

By Greg O'Brien on July 26, 2016 in On Pluto
Just a few keyboard swipes could put the U.S. on the road to triumph over Alzheimer’s. If you're experiencing memory loss that disrupts your daily life, seek help. Take the test.

Try to Forget: The Psychology of Repression

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on July 25, 2016 in A Sideways View
What do the cognitive psychologists and the psychoanalysts say about repression?

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?

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.