Essential Reads

James Alcock

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?

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?

More Posts on Memory

How Can You Make Better Decisions?

Research has shown that for more complex decisions, we are actually better off relying on intuition.

Feeling Lonely? Your Brain May Be At Risk.

Is being social while battling cancer really a priority? A new Breast Cancer Study shows links between loneliness and brain function.

The Power of Joy

From the bland to the sublime.

The Aging Brain: When Friends Turn into Foes

By Elena Blanco-Suarez Ph.D. on February 20, 2018 in Brain Chemistry
New study shows that supportive cells of the brain, called astrocytes, turn into enemies, promoting age-related function decline in healthy brains.

The Sleeper’s Dilemma

By Darby Saxbe Ph.D. on February 16, 2018 in Home Base
Skipping sleep can hurt your cognitive abilities—and even increase your heart disease and Alzheimer's disease risk down the road. Here's what to know and what you can do about it.
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Mother Anna Young and the House of Prayer

By Joni E Johnston Psy.D. on February 16, 2018 in The Human Equation
What is it like to grow up in a destructive religious cult? Two children tell it like it was.

"The Kind of Kid You Would Expect To...."

Instead of reinforcing these characterizations (where has that have gotten us?), it is important to understand their limitations.
Virginia Woolf in 1902 photographed by George Charles Beresford, Wikipedia

Follow the Sound

By Laura Otis Ph.D. on February 15, 2018 in Rethinking Thought
Imagining the ways that other people experience sights and sounds can lead us out of our caves into the light.
Wikimedia Commons

Why PTSD Is Under-Recognized, Part I: The Upside Down

By Michael S. Scheeringa M.D. on February 14, 2018 in Stress Relief
Clinicians miss the diagnosis in patients with PTSD approximately 90% of the time. Here are seven reasons why the diagnosis is under-recognized.

Expanding Waistline, Shrinking Brain?

By Darby Saxbe Ph.D. on February 13, 2018 in Home Base
New research suggests that obesity might increase the risk of memory and cognition problems - and may even be linked with smaller brain size.
Leighton "Till Death Do Us Part"/wikimediacommons

Defeating Depression, Evading Anxiety

By Elizabeth Young on February 11, 2018 in Adaptations
He died suddenly, and the trauma of finding him dead hit me pretty hard.

Personal Value Exploration: An Experiential Activity

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on February 07, 2018 in Theory of Knowledge
Values clarification is an important part of life. This blog describes an activity that therapist and group leaders can use to guide individuals to get clear about their values.

No Time for Conversation

By Tim Wendel on February 06, 2018 in Cancer Crossings
In the effort against childhood leukemia, patients, family and doctors had a lot in common.

To Remember, Make It Weird

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on February 05, 2018 in Memory Medic
These three basic memory strategies will make your memorization chores easier and fun.

Happy Mind, Happy Life: A Valentine’s Day Gift

By Joseph Cardillo Ph.D. on February 05, 2018 in Attention Training
The luxurious, high-quality energy of relationships we initially connect with is real.

Am I Awake or Am I Asleep?

Ever have one of those dreams that just felt so real? Maybe it was.

How Does the Brain Unconsciously Master Automatized Skills?

By Christopher Bergland on January 31, 2018 in The Athlete's Way
New research sheds light on how the human brain learns automatized skills like riding a bicycle, playing a musical instrument, or learning to type without looking at the keyboard.

Language Utilizes Ancient Brain Circuits That Predate Humans

By Christopher Bergland on January 30, 2018 in The Athlete's Way
Language acquisition relies on general-purpose brain circuits that are evolutionarily ancient and predate Homo sapiens, according to a new paper by an international research team.

Synesthesia Can Save Lives

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on January 28, 2018 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
Short circuits in synesthetes' brains may radically improve the diagnosis and treatment of deadly diseases

The Power of the Imagination in Early Recollections

By Arthur J. Clark Ed.D. on January 27, 2018 in Dawn of Memories
The capacity of the imagination in understanding life's first memories.

Review of New Psychological Thriller “Blood Honey”

By Melissa Burkley Ph.D. on January 23, 2018 in The Social Thinker
Boundaries between real and imaginary, past and present, memory and hallucination, all blur in this new film. Watch it with others and you will be discussing well into the night.

Beyond Brain Games

Reducing the risk of Alzheimer's could be as simple as tweaking the activities you already love.

Sexual Assault and Neuroscience: Alarmist Claims vs. Facts

A misleading article in The Atlantic provides an opportunity to clarify key facts about the well-established neurobiology of stress and trauma.

Anna Quinn: When Memoir Becomes Fiction

By Jennifer Haupt on January 21, 2018 in One True Thing
The "Night Child" uncurled from a tight fetal position and emerged from the thick-skinned seed of personal narrative.

Why Your Child’s Lies May Be a Sign of Intelligence

By Tracy P Alloway Ph.D. on January 18, 2018 in Keep It in Mind
Why your child’s lies may be a sign of intelligence - how working memory can boost lying in children

Can Food Supplements Protect the Minds of Aging Dogs?

Old dogs can have a version of Alzheimer's disease and data suggests that this might be prevented by changing what they eat

3 Tips to Reduce Stress for Better Brain Health

Learn 3 simple strategies to feel less stressed and maximize memory

Scoring Wisdom

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on January 11, 2018 in Memory Medic
The potential value of wisdom-scoring tests is that they can show people what wisdom is by identifying its specific domains in a tangible way that guides development of wisdom.

Sharpen Your Mind With the MIND Diet

Decrease brain aging and the risk of Alzheimer's with the MIND Diet

Fear-Driven Learning Circuit

Informing efforts to develop more effective PTSD treatments.