Memory Essential Reads

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Picture Perfect?

Parents often do not intend to relay the message that comes with unwanted photography: it is more important for me to get the right shot of you than to respect your wishes.

Stress and Memory Impairment in Older Adults

Stress reduction is important for optimal cognitive aging.

The Radical Notion of Returning to Handwriting

Need to remember something or learn something new? Write it by hand.

From A Mother Who Died Too Young

I share reflections on losing my mother at a young age to cancer, and what this has taught me about motherhood.

The Secret to Remembering Your Vacation Better

By Andrea Bartz on May 08, 2017 in The Wandering Mind
New research shows us how to make that trip stick.

Brains Have Owners

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on April 26, 2017 in Memory Medic
Is there an avatar in your brain called "I"? Neuroscience suggests this is the case.

Cognitive Benefits of Exercise Outshine Brain-Training Games

There is growing evidence that physical activity is more effective than sedentary "brain-training" games for maintaining robust cognitive function and "working memory" as we age.

Vehicular Trauma Syndrome

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on April 14, 2017 in The New Normal
A new syndrome related to vehicular trauma is identified.

Wealth, Poverty, and the Brain: A Q&A With Kimberly Noble

Are poorer children deprived of opportunities for healthy cognitive development? How can we improve these conditions? Kimberly Noble, MD, Ph.D., offers some insight.

Measuring Smarts

Feedback learning ability might predict academic achievement better than IQ.

You and Your Partner Likely Remember Dates in Similar Ways

When you go to a movie with your partner, you might take away similar memories of the experience.

New Research Shows an Easy Way to Help Improve Your Memory

There’s memory for the past and memory for the future, or what you need to do. This new perspective based on cognitive style can help you improve both without much effort at all.
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Sleep and the Amazing Shrinking Synapse

By John Cline Ph.D. on March 30, 2017 in Sleepless in America
Forgetting may be as important as remembering. New research indicates that brain changes during sleep facilitate forgetting useless information.

Want To Hurt Your Relationship? Here's A Quick And Fast Way!

You can hurt your relationship when a bad memory arises in a new situation. But trying to improve your relationship can have contradictory results.

Rebuilding the Brain From Concussions

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on March 24, 2017 in Brain Trauma
Don't settle for "take two and call me in the morning." The brain responds well when we treat it well. Here's how to get those neurons firing on all cylinders.

The Self Illusion and Psychotherapy

The self is an illusion and, as I noted in a recent paper published in Australasian Psychiatry, we can tailor psychotherapy to highjack the mechanisms that create it.
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Mirror Neurons, Empathy, and the First Memories of Life

By Arthur J. Clark Ed.D. on March 19, 2017 in Dawn of Memories
How neuroscience informs the meaning of early childhood recollections.

10 Ways to Make It Through Your Life’s Transitions

We are all, perhaps, creatures of habit so when we’re forced to change, it can be tough. Using these 10 tips, you’ll be able to handle whatever changes life throws your way.

Tweaking the Past to Prepare for the Future

A recent study suggests that imagining what might have been in the past can help you prepare for what might be in the future.

What Does Information Look Like in the Brain?

Does thinking harder or experiencing deep emotions like love, fear, or anguish light up more neurons? Probably not.
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To Sleep, Perhaps to Learn

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on February 22, 2017 in Memory Medic
Odds are the kids in your life are not getting enough sleep. Scientists now know that sleep is needed for "smart forgetting."

The Neuroscience of Fearful Memories and Avoidance Behaviors

By Christopher Bergland on February 20, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Neuroscientists have identified how the brain remembers fearful experiences. And how fear-based memories can lead to avoidance behaviors.

Declinism: Why You Think America is in Crisis

Is America really on the brink of disaster? Studies show most people feel things are bad and getting worse. Declinism, based on cognitive bias, explains why.

Manipulating Memory With the Mind's Eye

New research suggests that shifting the visual perspective of our autobiographical memories can shape and potentially restructure how we remember.

How Do Neuroplasticity and Neurogenesis Rewire Your Brain?

By Christopher Bergland on February 06, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A groundbreaking new study has identified how the birth of new neurons (neurogenesis) combined with neuroplasticity can rewire the brain and reshape the mind.

3 Simple Steps to Boosting Your Brainpower

By Michelle Braun Ph.D, ABPP-CN on February 03, 2017 in Ageless
The secret to improving your memory and reducing your risk of Alzheimer's is closer than you think.

The Morality of Memoir

By Robert N. Kraft Ph.D. on February 03, 2017 in Defining Memories
When recalling our past and telling our lives to others, what obligations do we have to our memories, to our audience, and to the people we are remembering?

Social Learning: Eyes Provide a Window Into Primate Minds

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on January 25, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Captive gorillas and chimpanzees demonstrate social learning similar to humans. Using cutting-edge eye tracking technology, we can now use primate eyes to see into primate minds.

Mind-Wandering on a Leash

Recent neuroimaging research shows that two distinct, often antagonistic brain networks cooperate to produce creative thinking.
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Top 10 Science-Based Study Skills for the Classroom

By Thomas Hills Ph.D. on January 04, 2017 in Statistical Life
Knowing how to study will help you learn faster, enjoy what you're learning, give you more time to enjoy what you've learned, and lay the foundation for a solid future.