Essential Reads

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.

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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.

Learning from the Amazing Memory Man

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on January 04, 2018 in Media Spotlight
Is being able to remember virtually anything you ever learned necessarily a good thing? A new case study explores the mysteries behind a man with an exceptional memory.

How Therapy Works: What it Means to ‘Process an Issue’

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on January 03, 2018 in Insight Therapy
People often are advised to go to therapy to “process” some issue. But what does “processing an issue” actually mean?

Texts and Textiles: Childhood Memories and What They Mean

My mother left school after the eighth grade, as her six sisters and one brother had done, in order to go to work. Yet our house was filled with books.

Boost Your Brain in 2018, Week 1 Kickoff!

Kick off 2018 with a science-backed Brain Boosting Plan!

6 Scientific Ways to Boost Your Brain Health

Brain health is the foundation for healthy and successful living, learning, and loving. New research shows living healthier, and meditating can boost your brainpower. Find out why

Have a Brainy New Year

Start your New Year with a gift to your brain.

Mothers and Daughters and "Lady Bird"

By Susan Hooper on December 30, 2017 in Detours and Tangents
I graduated from high school decades ago. Why then does so much about the heroine of the film "Lady Bird"—a high school senior at war with her mother—seem so familiar to me?

No New Year's Eve Date? Create a Gratitude Memory or Memoir

By Rita Watson MPH on December 29, 2017 in With Love and Gratitude
Instead of fretting about no one to kiss under the mistletoe, be grateful for alone time. Count your blessings. Dream. Watch fireworks. Resolve to make 2018 one of gratitude.

Does the Brain Need Dreaming to Unlearn?

By Michelle Carr Ph.D. on December 29, 2017 in Dream Factory
An offline 'Dreaming' phase allows neural networks to unlearn, and can enhance functioning overall.

Exercise Is a Top Prescription for Mild Cognitive Impairment

By Christopher Bergland on December 27, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
New guidelines from the American Academy of Neurology prescribe aerobic exercise as the most effective "medicine" to improve thinking and memory.

Electrical Stimulation of the Amygdala Boosts Human Memory

By Christopher Bergland on December 24, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
For the first time, neuroscientists have identified that direct electrical stimulation of the amygdala can enhance declarative memory in humans.
used with permission from dr. diane

Are You Simply Treating Your Symptoms?

Why it is important to treat the cause, not just the symptom.

Unwelcome Emotional Memories

Sometimes it's okay to put a lid on the past.

Give Yourself a Memoir Gift: 18 Thoughts to Help

By Rita Watson MPH on December 19, 2017 in With Love and Gratitude
Begin a memoir this holiday season even if it is just for you or your family.

In Most Sexual Assaults, “Defense Circuitry” Runs the Show

We need to know this circuitry and its impacts, even if it doesn’t sound as cool as “amygdala.”

Revisiting Preempting the Holocaust: Frankl versus Levi

How I came to develop a phenomenology of Holocaust survival.
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To Help Kids Remember What They Need to Learn Tell a Story

By Judy Willis M.D., M.Ed. on December 18, 2017 in Radical Teaching
The phenomenon of wanting the same book read repeatedly represents the brain's seeking its own reward-pleasure response system. Help children tap into this pleasure—right now.

The Lessons of Time Travel in "Dark" and "Twin Peaks"

By Jean Kim M.D. on December 18, 2017 in Culture Shrink
Time travel is popular in recent TV shows like Netflix's "Dark" and "Twin Peaks" and reflects our internal anxiety about death and loss and lack of control in our lives.

Holiday Memories?

By Andrew E. Budson M.D. on December 17, 2017 in Managing Your Memory
When we join our family for the holidays, we may notice a slip of memory in a parent or grandparent. How do you know if it’s normal for age or a sign of Alzheimer’s?
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The Brain Under (Sexual) Attack

Is the brain’s response to being attacked basically the same, whether it’s undergone sexual assault, physical assault, or enemy fire in military combat?

Can Money Buy You Happiness?

By Amie M. Gordon, Ph.D. on December 14, 2017 in Between You and Me
Money can buy happiness, if you spend it right. Research shows there are more benefits to spending money on experiences than material goods. Here are three reasons why.

Why Am I Here?

By Alex Pattakos Ph.D. on December 11, 2017 in The Meaningful Life
How do you want to be remembered?

The Perfect Pillow: What You Need to Know

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on December 11, 2017 in Sleep Newzzz
For better sleep, take a look at where you're resting your head

Psychotherapy Is THE Biological Treatment

Psychiatric problems come purely from traumatic adaptations as digested by our temperament. Psychotherapy deactivates problematic brain mappings and activates healthier ones.