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.

More Posts on Memory

How Good Is a Dog's Ability to Remember People?

There are suggestions that dogs can remember and may recognize particular people even after years of separation.

Do Brain-Changing Games Really Work?

By Lydia Denworth on July 14, 2017 in Brain Waves
Want to improve your thinking and memory? Think brain-changing games might help? A new study looked at their effect on the brain, on cognitive performance, and on decision-making.

Depression Is Too Common to Ignore

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on July 13, 2017 in Memory Medic
Recent research emphasizes the importance of memory as therapy for depression.

Caution: Memory at Work

By Paula Croxson Ph.D. on July 09, 2017 in Selective Memory
A new study sheds light on how we keep our minds on the task at hand even when faced with the distractions of modern life.

Trauma Nation

By Stanton Peele on July 07, 2017 in Addiction in Society
The cultural movement of recovering trauma is actually a psychological disaster of its own making. The answers—forward planning and community building—are nowhere apparent.

“Memory Athletes” and the Rest of Us

With a specific type of memory training, individuals can alter connections within and between brain networks to resemble connections found in the brains of elite memory athletes.

How Can We Use Our Voices to Show Up More Powerfully?

By Peter Bregman on July 03, 2017 in How We Work
Discover Tracy’s easy exercise for finding your most confident voice, why speaking loudly does not equal speaking with power, and how you can make a vocal change stick.
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Memory Training Produces Lasting Effects

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on July 03, 2017 in Memory Medic
You too can be a memory athlete.

Family Disputes About Memories

Open and validating conversations about disputed family experiences can be an important part of the healing process.
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Treatment of Insomnia: Cannabis Reconsidered, Part Three

By John Cline Ph.D. on June 30, 2017 in Sleepless in America
Increasing numbers of patients are using medical marijuana for treatment of their insomnia. Patients need reliable information about what it does and how it works.

The Wisdom of Birds

By Susan Hooper on June 29, 2017 in Detours and Tangents
For three days in June, I watched a pair of robins tend their young. Their devotion to their offspring filled me with admiration and gave me food for thought.

Unimagined Sensitivities, Part 8

By Michael Jawer on June 27, 2017 in Feeling Too Much
Beyond the five senses we humans know, some of the sensory capacities more prominent in other creatures may be intimately connected with health, danger, and emotion generally.

Splitting Your Ex Makes Breakup Recovery That Much Harder

Splitting is the mental magician trick of remembering your ex as only good and impedes breakup recovery. Here are five things to know about splitting to help you move on.

Learning Stuff While Missing the Point

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on June 20, 2017 in Memory Medic
The best way to remember factoids is the thinking required to understand them.

The Factor That Administers Cognitive Control over Emotions

Some recent research on poor cognitive control and depression has overlooked four issues. This post suggests that it is cognitive understanding of reality that regulates emotions.

Memoirs: Learning Too Late About Our Dad’s Military Life

In writing a memoir about growing up with Italian grandparents, I came to see all the questions we might have asked about our father.

Stop Thinking, Start Being

What frightens people about adding mindfulness or meditation to their lives? Savor the "now" to be able to relish the memory.

Does White Noise Help You Learn?

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on June 13, 2017 in Memory Medic
How do you promote focus in an environment of distractions?

Early Childhood Memories: Endure or Drift Away?

How stable are early recollections, and why does it matter?

What Your Radio Knows About You

One day not so long ago, I was flipping through channels on my car radio, looking for the song that would hit the spot.

What If Your Mind Lost Its Words?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on June 05, 2017 in Creating in Flow
Imagine if you stopped talking to yourself in your head. Living with impaired language abilities changes the way we think about who we are. A first-person account illuminates.

The Meaning Behind the Meaning

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 31, 2017 in How To Do Life
A short-short story about lexical love.
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Can You Hear What You See? More So Than You Imagine

Perception may be due for a redefinition. Our eyes see, but vision can apparently also hear. Tactile receptors can also taste. We may all have a bit of synesthesia in us.

Forever Now

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on May 21, 2017 in Memory Medic
The usually benign herpes simplex virus is not always so benign.

Cancer, Keeping Active, and the Mind

By Anne Moyer Ph.D. on May 17, 2017 in Beyond Treatment
Cancer treatment can make one reluctant to get moving.

The Habit Replacement Loop

Replace your bad habits with good ones! New research on habit formation offers information on how to improve student success by establishing a new normal in learning.

Naps Help Preschoolers Learn Language

By Temma Ehrenfeld on May 12, 2017 in Open Gently
Small children learn words more easily if they get enough sleep.

Cannabis Reverses Brain Aging in Mice

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on May 09, 2017 in Cravings
Struggling with memory loss? Finding it hard to learn new things? Scientists are one step closer to finding a treatment for the loss of cognitive function associated with aging.

Diet Soda Tied to Memory Loss

By Temma Ehrenfeld on May 08, 2017 in Open Gently
Soda, diet or sugary, is linked to memory loss.