Memory Essential Reads

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.

Money, Memory, and Growing Older: Remember the Good Times?

It can be good to remember positive emotions and the good times as opposed to focusing on gloomy events. But how might this cost us for financial matters?

Why Air Crash Victims' Families Still Long to Find the Plane

The spatial basis of memory in our brain explains why humans have always sought to locate their dead, even as the search for the disappeared Malaysian Air Flight 370 winds up

Can You "Grow Out Of" ADHD?

ADHD is typically thought of as a childhood illness. Still, the number of adults living with ADHD is greater than the number of adults who live with OCD and schizophrenia.

"Stone's Blood:" The Sweet Smell of Summer Rain

Is semantic ignorance olfactory bliss? Familiar smells can evoke powerful memories, but they pack a particularly powerful punch when we don't know where they're coming from.

Memorial Day: Then and Now

Do you remember the origins of Memorial Day? Do your weekend plans reflect it?

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.

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!

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?

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.

Rumination: A Problem in Anxiety and Depression

Rumination is one of the similarities between anxiety and depression. Ruminating is simply repetitively going over a thought or a problem without completion.
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Organize for Better Thinking and Memory

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on April 16, 2016 in Memory Medic
Confused? Organize your thinking by organizing your information.

Is Multiple Choice Testing Immoral?

By Rolf Reber Ph.D. on April 15, 2016 in Critical Feeling
Should multiple choice tests be banned because students learn false facts from wrong response options?

The Passage of Time Across the Life Span

By Marc Wittmann Ph.D. on April 11, 2016 in Sense of Time
Research has confirmed that subjective time passes increasingly faster as we grow older. A study now shows that the ability of 'emotion regulation' can slow down subjective time.

Human Information Gathering: How Can We Proceed?

The behavioural and brain sciences can transform forensic, policing, judicial, and intelligence practices, and enhance operational effectiveness ethically.
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How Should We Interrogate the Brain?

Interrogation practices need to forget Hollywood and embrace science, thereby enhancing reliable information gathering, operational effectiveness, as well as justice and ethics.

Nightmares After Trauma

By Michelle Carr on March 30, 2016 in Dream Factory
At least half of PTSD patients suffer from intense nightmares that replay a traumatic event. How do these differ from normal nightmares, and how can we treat them?

Was It Really Love at First Sight?

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on March 28, 2016 in Mental Mishaps
Do you remember the first time you met your partner? Was it love at first sight?
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Why Torture Doesn't Work

Do you think torture is a good way to probe the long-term memory circuits of the brain? If you do, why do you?

Why You Can't Trust Your Memory (of Anything)

By David Ludden Ph.D. on March 20, 2016 in Talking Apes
Memories for highly charged emotional events are vivid and long-lasting. But are they accurate?

Why Is Time Passing So Quickly These Days?

Here are 4 reasons time seems to speed up as we age, and 4 ways to slow it down.

Marshmallow Men and One-Hit Wonders

Does a stray, random image, word, or sound ever pop into your head seemingly out of nowhere? Pay attention next time. Such spontaneous thoughts may be neither stray nor random.

A Spotless Mind: Would It Be Good or Bad?

By Madelon Sprengnether on March 04, 2016 in Minding Memory
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to delete a painful memory?

Smashing the Biological Anxiety Myth

Anxiety is a human problem, not a disease. It comes from emotional memory in the hippocampus and amygdala, that has been mapped as a result of one’s traumatic experience.

5 Ways to Stop Reliving Painful Memories

Rehashing painful memories isn't good for you. These strategies can help you stop ruminating on the past.

Looking for America's Future in America's Past

A recent Bernie Sanders campaign ad featured a nostalgic oldie as the soundtrack to Sanders' revolutionary vision of the future. Was the song choice misguided, or right on target?