Researchers found that even if people weren't good at it, drawing, as a method to help retain new information, was better than re-writing notes, visualization exercises or passively looking at images.
Researchers found that musicians and people who are bilingual utilized fewer brain resources when completing a working memory task.
Sitting too much is linked to changes in a section of the brain that is critical for memory, according to a preliminary study by UCLA researchers of middle-aged and older adults.
Study finds that individual neurons themselves slow down when we are sleep deprived, leading to delayed behavioral responses to events taking place around us. The neural lapse, or slowdown, affects the brain's visual perception and memory associations.
Results suggest that the reading aloud advantage comes from both the act of reading and the experience of hearing oneself. These results also confirm previous findings suggesting it is advantageous to learn information using a combination of senses. In discussing these results, the researchers used the term “the production effect”. This describes the memory advantage one obtains if you say things aloud instead of just hearing the information. The production effect is likely caused through the combined advantage of three factors. First, reading things aloud involves motor processing, making it a more active process. Second, when students read words, it requires an element of visual processing, which may lead to deeper learning rather than just listening. Third, reading aloud is self-referential (i.e. “I said it”), which can make the information more salient.
When observing a scene, the brain first processes details -- spots, lines and simple shapes -- and uses that information to build internal representations of more complex objects, like cars and people. But when recalling that information, the brain remembers those larger concepts first to then reconstruct the details -- representing a reverse order of processing.
Young rats with access to a running wheel show improved memory later in life and increased activity of neurons generated in adulthood, finds a study.
Those with higher fitness levels also had more elastic tissue in the hippocampus and scored the best on memory tests.
According to a new review paper, our brains are actively working to forget. Researchers propose that the goal of memory is not to transmit the most accurate information over time, but to guide and optimize intelligent decision making by only holding on to valuable information.
Without a recovery phase, many synapses remain maximally excited, which means that changes in the system are no longer possible: Learning efficiency is blocked.
Viewing a mugshot along with a question like "is this the person who did it?" can lead to the creation of a specific association between the person and the queried action.
Happy memories spring to mind much faster than sad, scary or peaceful ones. Moreover, if you listen to happy or peaceful music, you recall positive memories, whereas if you listen to emotionally scary or sad music, you recall largely negative memories from your past.
Social networks powerfully shape memory, and people need little prompting to conform to a majority recollection
The rhythm of breathing creates electrical activity in the human brain that enhances emotional judgments and memory recall.
If we are told about a completely fictitious event from our lives, and repeatedly imagine that event occurring, almost half of us would accept that it did.
Middle-aged women may remember more than men, but memory fades as estrogen levels decline.
As we use the Internet to support and extend our memory we become more reliant on it. Whereas before we might have tried to recall something on our own, now we don't bother. As more information becomes available via smartphones and other devices, we become progressively more reliant on it in our daily lives.
For the first time, a study in mice shows that five hours of sleep deprivation leads to a loss of connectivity between neurons in the hippocampus, a region of the brain associated with learning and memory.
Knowing a lot about a subject means you are more likely to have false memories about it.
Our access to our own thoughts is just as indirect and fallible as our access to the thoughts of other people.