Category Archives: memory research

Do You Remember Your Dreams?

Though we aren’t awake and aware of the fact, much of the information processing that happens in our brains happens at night, while we’re asleep. During sleep, the brain sorts through the data that have come in during the day, … Continue reading…

How Feedback and Neuroplasticity Lead To Improved Memory

When you think of the word cybernetics you probably have the image of a robot, whether that’s a factory-line assembler or a Terminator-type independent machine/man hybrid. In fact, the term probably gets its roots in a Greek word meaning “to … Continue reading…

Harness the Power of the To-Do List

While our brains are more powerful than any supercomputer, there’s one thing that computers do better, and that’s store vast quantities of information all at the same level. In other words, a computer doesn’t see any difference between information stored … Continue reading…

What Drives Brain Development?

When it comes to getting a better memory, it turns out that one of the things that drives brain development in adults is, well, driving. Or rather, it’s memorizing the insanely complicated London street map and learning how to drive … Continue reading…

Why Bilingual Brains Are Better

If we told you about one thing that you could do to increase your overall intelligence, improve your ability to plan and reason and make decisions, expand your brain’s ability to learn and grow and remember, and even ward off … Continue reading…

Does Chemotherapy Affect Memory?

People who have various types of cancer often undergo chemotherapy treatment, in which highly toxic chemicals are injected into the body in order to kill the fast-growing cancer cells. Unfortunately, these chemicals also kill normal body cells in the process, … Continue reading…

What is Autobiographical Memory?

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. – George Santayana, in “The Life of Reason” (1905) Experience is the teacher of all things. – Julius Caesar, in “Commentaries on the Civil War” (c. 50 CE) Memory … Continue reading…

Why Sleep and Studying Work Best Together

We don’t mean that you should fall asleep over your books, or that you have to try “subliminal” learning by leaving a replay of your professor’s lectures running all night long. What we encourage, and what scientists are confirming boosts … Continue reading…

The One Best Way to Keep Your Brain Healthy

What came to mind when you saw the title of this post? Were you thinking about pills, or medical procedures, or miracle herbs discovered in the Amazonian rain forest? There’s no magic trick to brain health, and the answer is … Continue reading…

Does Using E-Books Cause Memory Loss?

A memory is made up of many components. You might think that what’s most important is simply what you’re concentrating on trying to remember, but there are other conscious and unconscious bits of information your brain is processing at the … Continue reading…