Memory Essential Reads


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.

How to Shop Smartly When Prices Are Changing Constantly

Rely less on memory & pricing cues, and more on price tracking technology.

For Brain Gain, Try Cinnamon

By Gary L. Wenk Ph.D. on January 01, 2017 in Your Brain on Food
Cinnamon has powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant actions in the brain that may benefit both young and old people with learning impairments.

5 Reasons the Holidays Are a Powerful Source of Nostalgia

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on December 29, 2016 in More Than Mortal
Research explains so many of our nostalgic memories are connected to holiday gatherings, rituals, and traditions.

Frequent Sauna Use May Reduce Risk of Dementia, Study Finds

By Christopher Bergland on December 20, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A first-of-its-kind study from Finland reports that frequent sauna use is associated with a dramatic reduction in the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

Base Relationships on the Present, Not the Past

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on December 10, 2016 in Memory Medic
Memories are seldom fully literal. Memories are constructed, not recorded like an audio tape. The brain decides how an experience is to be packaged as a narrative to remember.

What is Psychology’s Single Most Brilliant Discovery?

What is the most profoundly important thing we've learned from 150 years of scientific psychology? Here is one nomination.

Treasuring Memories Through Memoirs, Stories, or Videos

By Rita Watson MPH on November 26, 2016 in With Love and Gratitude
With holidays approaching, begin to think about treasuring family memories.

A Coffee Maker or a Time Machine?

Recent studies on memory explain why spontaneous involuntary memories of our past are more vivid and emotionally intense than the memories we access intentionally.

Love, Death and the Internet

By Jeanne Safer Ph.D. on November 14, 2016 in The Last Taboos
Finding old flames online can change your memories.

How Not to Believe

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on November 13, 2016 in One Among Many
The Mandela effect says that if many (how many?) ‘remember’ that the great man died in prison, then it was so, if only in a parallel universe. I consider this dangerous nonsense.

How Sleep Enhances Studying

By Art Markman Ph.D. on November 07, 2016 in Ulterior Motives
Research suggests that spreading your study time out helps you learn. Studies also suggest that sleep helps you learn. A new study explores what happens when you combine the two.

How Aging Affects Our Memory

What is the upper limit for aging and creativity?

How a Coma Made a Young Man Suddenly Speak Fluent Spanish

Sixteen-year-old Reuben Nsemoh was playing soccer when he got hit on the head and ended up in a coma. When he woke up, spoke Spanish fluently. How is that possible?

Children's Dreams and Nightmares

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on October 30, 2016 in Dream Catcher
Recurring nightmares in early childhood need to be treated as they may portend later behavioral problems

The Value of Proper Police Lineup Procedures

By Art Markman Ph.D. on October 25, 2016 in Ulterior Motives
Police lineup procedure has been influenced by psychological research. One thing the police do is to minimize the effects of distinctive features of faces. Here's why they do that.

Death Penalty May Not Bring Peace to Victims' Families

Does the death penalty provide true justice and closure to victims?

Groundbreaking Study Roots Out Signs of Depression in Brain

By Christopher Bergland on October 18, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
This pioneering discovery could lead to more effective treatments for depression.
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Keeping America's Kids from Being Politically Wounded

By John P. Schuster on October 13, 2016 in The Power of Your Past
After watching the presidential debates, I think we have an obligation to our grandkids. We need to tell them how political discourse used to be and how it can be again someday.

Strategic Studying: The Value of Forced Recall

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on October 09, 2016 in Memory Medic
School has started, and many students are discovering that they are not doing as well as expected. Parents and teachers may be chiding them about working harder. That may not help.

Caffeine Helps Prevent Memory Loss, Research Shows

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on October 06, 2016 in Cravings
If you're worried about memory loss, new research says caffeine may be your drug of choice.