Memory Essential Reads

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We Are Our Beliefs

By James E. Alcock Ph.D. on February 14, 2018 in Belief
Who do you believe you are? And can you be certain?
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Does High-Intensity Exercise Improve Memory?

By Psychology Today Editorial Staff on February 12, 2018 in Brainstorm
A recent study explores the cognitive effects of working out.

How to Hack an Election: An Intelligence Analysis

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on February 06, 2018 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
How Moscow gets to vote on main street.

Why Self-Control Fails in Dementia

By Andrew E. Budson M.D. on February 04, 2018 in Managing Your Memory
From former NFL players who have developed Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy to your grandmother with Alzheimer's, why do patients with dementia do inappropriate things?

Three Things to Know About “Brain Training” Programs

By Scott Weems Ph.D. on February 02, 2018 in Feed Your Head
The research is mixed on “brain training” programs. But there are some facts you should know.

VICE Visits the Dream and Nightmare Laboratory

By Michelle Carr Ph.D. on January 29, 2018 in Dream Factory
VICE Quebec recently visited the Dream and Nightmare Laboratory in Montreal to discover how we can hijack sleep to augment learning.

Dementia Is Not a Diagnosis

Before working to care for or treat someone with dementia, make sure you know what the correct diagnosis is.

Do Dreams Really Mean Anything?

By David B. Feldman Ph.D. on January 19, 2018 in Supersurvivors
To understand dreams, we must interpret them as if they were written in secret code. But what if there’s no code, and we’ve been reading into a bunch of meaningless images?

Having an Answer to “Where Did the Time Go?”

Be aware of the limited time you have to make the most of your life, and then do it.

People Evaluate You Differently Than You Think They Do

By Art Markman Ph.D. on January 05, 2018 in Ulterior Motives
There are many situations in which you have to decide how to present information about yourself that other people will evaluate. What information should you provide?

How Do Nostalgic Scents Get Woven Into Long-Term Memories?

By Christopher Bergland on December 25, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Christmastime smells are deeply embedded in people's memory banks. But how does the brain weave a scent into long-term memory? Neuroscientists recently solved this age-old riddle.

Holiday Shopping: Buy Memories, Not Objects

By Melissa Burkley Ph.D. on December 22, 2017 in The Social Thinker
Most of us know that money doesn’t automatically bring you happiness, but why? Perhaps it’s because we’re spending it on the wrong things.
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Mind vs. Matter: Animal or Human?

How can a cluster of neurons instinctively sense we are in danger, in spite of everything our eyes and ears may tell us?
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Enhance Memory with the "Production Effect"

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on December 15, 2017 in Memory Medic
Here's how to optimize new memories.

Writing Rough Drafts of Our Future

Imagining multiple versions of our future can prepare us to cope with it when it arrives—and improve our mood while we're waiting.

Stuck on Repeat in Alzheimer’s Disease

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on December 14, 2017 in Mental Mishaps
If you have a relative with Alzheimer’s, you’ve probably experienced conversational loops. A topic comes once and within a few minutes, you're back to it again, stuck on repeat.

Is Slurred Speech a Sign of Vascular Dementia?

By Andrew E. Budson M.D. on December 10, 2017 in Managing Your Memory
Strokes can lead to problems with speech, walking, strength, thinking, and memory, and are a common cause of dementia. But can you diagnose someone just by observing them?
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5 Facts You Need to Know About Dementia

By Mylea Charvat, Ph.D. on December 07, 2017 in The Fifth Vital Sign
Did you know that not all dementia is irreversible?

Dispelling Three Popular Myths About Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's myths could be compromising your brain health.

4 Little Words That Can Forever Change Your Relationship

New research on an age-old phenomenon suggests that it only takes 4 words to revitalize your relationship, as you remember how it all started.

Should You Check Your Genes for Alzheimer’s Disease?

By Andrew E. Budson M.D. on November 26, 2017 in Managing Your Memory
Anyone can now find out if they have the most common genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s. But what will you do with the information?

The Ways Forgetting Makes You Smarter

By Richard E. Cytowic M.D. on November 23, 2017 in The Fallible Mind
Forgetfulness needn't be a harbinger of dementia: Wiping irrelevant facts and memories from our mind readies the brain to remember new and meaningful ones.

Sleep Strengthens Recent Learning and Negative Memories

By Lydia Denworth on November 16, 2017 in Brain Waves
What happens in the brain during sleep? Quite a lot. Machine learning and EEG are revealing how memories, especially negative ones, and learning are boosted while we're asleep.

(Un)forgettable: Memory Tripping with One-Hit Wonders

A chance encounter with a forgotten song from one’s forgotten past contains three key ingredients for a positively potent—and potently positive—memory experience.

Understanding Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)

By Andrew E. Budson M.D. on November 12, 2017 in Managing Your Memory
The pathology of Aaron Hernandez was just one part of the 2017 Boston University CTE Conference, which presented the latest research and our current understanding of this disorder.

How Stable Is the Personal Past?

By Christin Köber Ph.D. on November 09, 2017 in What's Your Story?
Did you ever wonder what your life story would look like if you told it several times, at different moments in your life?

Brain Imaging Shows We Can Unlearn Chronic Pain

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on October 27, 2017 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
New hope for previously untreatable pain.

He Said, She Said, and a Videotape

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on October 23, 2017 in Mental Mishaps
Sometimes we get caught telling a whopper. And sometimes, our whopper may not actually be a lie. How should you respond?

Tap Into the Inner Genius You Didn’t Know You Had

Research show that genius is inside each of us, but how can we access it?

Getting Sentimental Could Increase Your Savings

By Brad Klontz Psy.D., CFP on October 12, 2017 in Mind Over Money
How can we harness positive, emotionally charged memories to develop a deeper incentive for saving?