Memory Essential Reads

Why Early-Life Dreams Correlate with Adult Nightmares

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on July 11, 2017 in Media Spotlight
How can your earliest memories shape the nightmares you might be experiencing as an adult? And what might it mean for adults dealing with frequent nightmares?

Mnemonic Misery

How negative emotions can improve your memory.

What Is the Rip Van Winkle Effect?

How do you stop time from passing by so quickly?

Why Do We Ask Why?

By Mario Livio Ph.D. on June 23, 2017 in Why?
Curiosity fuels brain growth, and brain growth drives curiosity. And you wouldn't be so curious if your ancestors hadn't learned to cook.

Why We Forget

Not the power to remember, but its very opposite — the power to forget — is a necessary condition of our existence.

How to Start Healing After Personal Trauma

Do you feel too fragmented after a traumatic event? A few lifestyle adjustments can help you feel whole again.

The Loss of a Child

By Asa Don Brown Ph.D. on June 07, 2017 in Towards Recovery
There is no greater grief, than when a parent losses a child.

Breakfast, Brains, and Entropy

What Waffle House hash browns can teach us about the origins of human consciousness.
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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

By Sarah Cotterill, PhD on April 05, 2017 in The Science of Adversity
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.