Our access to our own thoughts is just as indirect and fallible as our access to the thoughts of other people.
Jurors who are allowed to take and review notes during court trials are less likely to forget critical evidence.
Physical exercise after learning improves memory and memory traces, but only if the exercise is done in a specific time window and not immediately after learning.
Emotion is a direct gateway into memory storage. We can bias the acquisition of present and future memories based on the incorporation of emotional content thanks to our brain's ability to integrate information.
As a group size increases, the prospects for sustained cooperation go down. The temptation to defect and become a freeloader goes up, but longer memories promote more cooperation and more cooperation promotes longer memories.
The relentless desire by mice to run on cage "exercise" wheels has helped explain at a molecular level how exercise benefits a mammal's brain. Researchers report measuring the natural buildup of certain chemicals in the brain during the rodents' exercise, substances that kick-start production of a protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor, or BDNF. Since the protein's discovery in the 1980s, BDNF has been labeled as "Miracle-Gro" for the brain because of its role in enhancing memory and the growth of nerve cells.
People are more likely to follow through on their good intentions if they are reminded to follow through by noticeable cues that appear at the exact place and time in which follow-through can occur.
Just as muscles in the body atrophy when you don’t use them, the brain will deteriorate when it’s not stimulated.
When making memory judgments, we don't necessarily rely only on our actual memory traces in the brain, but that we also interpret our physiological sensations.
Bad experiences can cause people to strongly remember the negative content itself but only weakly remember the surrounding context.
Retweeting or otherwise sharing information creates a "cognitive overload" that interferes with learning and retaining what you've just seen.
Researchers at the University of Waterloo have found that drawing pictures of information that needs to be remembered is a strong and reliable strategy to enhance memory.
In our interactions with one another, we're imprinting ourselves into others' memories of us.
Using imagery is an effective way to improve memory and decrease certain types of false memories, according to researchers at Georgia State University.
Overweight young adults may have poorer episodic memory – the ability to recall past events – than their peers, adding to increasing evidence of a link between memory and overeating.
The sooner we accept that our recall is open to interpretation and framed within half-truths, the sooner we can establish a critical relationship with our past.
Study suggests that past experience with an object alters the brain circuitry responsible for object recognition
Cancelling an intended action seems to weaken memory.
Even brief exposure to sudden sounds or mild trauma can form permanent, long-term brain connections, or memories, in a specific region of the brain.
It is easier to learn new facts that are composed of more familiar chunks.