Essential Reads

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.

More Posts on Memory

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.

Investigating Brain Activity Outside the Laboratory

The brains have left the lab! This relatively new neuroimaging method enables researchers to study psychological phenomena in naturalistic environments.

Finding Meaning After Losing Faith

Young people who question everything may be born into communities that insist it is wrong to doubt their religion. Here's the story of one who got away and found his own meaning.

Unusual Names In Learning Research

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on May 01, 2017 in Pop Psych
If you want to know how much research tells you about the real world, you better understand how closely the two things resemble each other. In this case, not very much.

The Neuroscience of Hearing the Soundtracks of Your Life

Neuroscientists recently discovered that someone's favorite music—or any song you'd put on a "this is my life" soundtrack—activates brain networks in universally predictable ways.

A Conversation With Dani Shapiro About Memory and Marriage

By Jennifer Haupt on April 26, 2017 in One True Thing
"I was aware that in attempting to tell the truth of our marriage I was at risk of exposing or betraying it. That was the high-wire act."

Fatigue, the Brain and Therapists

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on April 26, 2017 in Trouble in Mind
Studies have found that debilitating fatigue is a common symptom of many types of brain damage and disorders, from mild head injury to benign pituitary adenoma to dementia.

Reframing IQ

By Stuart Shanker DPhil on April 24, 2017 in Self-Reg
When we measure a child’s “intelligence,” the score we arrive at is a product of the interaction between thinking processes and limbic brakes.

Treating Depression by Training Your Amygdala

A recent study indicates that increasing activity in the amygdala during positive memory retrieval can have a strong antidepressant effect in depressed individuals.
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Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Sleep deprivation has been linked to increases in depression, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, as well as memory and cognitive problems.

Train Too Much and a Dog Won't Remember

Back to back training sessions involving different tasks impairs a dog's long-term memory of what he has learned

What Mythology Reveals about the Mind

By John A. Johnson Ph.D. on April 18, 2017 in Cui Bono
"That is a myth," usually means "That is not true." But can myths reveal truths about the mind? And did you know that the stories you tell about yourself can be useful myth-making?