Essential Reads

The Self Illusion and Psychotherapy

The self is an illusion and, as I noted in a recent paper published in Australasian Psychiatry, we can tailor psychotherapy to highjack the mechanisms that create it.
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Mirror Neurons, Empathy, and the First Memories of Life

By Arthur J. Clark Ed.D. on March 19, 2017 in Dawn of Memories
How neuroscience informs the meaning of early childhood recollections.

10 Ways to Make it Through Your Life’s Transitions

We are all, perhaps, creatures of habit so when we’re forced to change, it can be tough. Using these 10 tips, you’ll be able to handle whatever changes life throws your way.

Tweaking the Past to Prepare for the Future

A recent study suggests that imagining what might have been in the past can help you prepare for what might be in the future.

More Posts on Memory

Ginkgo biloba for mild to moderate dementia

If you or a loved one are thinking about trying Ginkgo for a memory problem, first review the evidence. Findings for Ginkgo in dementia are inconsistent.

Dietary Changes Reduce Alzheimer's Risk

Are you worried about developing Alzheimer's disease? Simple dietary changes can reduce your risk.
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Drawing the Devil

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on March 22, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
Forensic artists face a digitized future, but a former detective offers facial composition software that replicates his successful drawing methods.

Helpful Hacks for Conducting Research With Older Adults

By Christina M. Pierpaoli on March 18, 2017 in Eng(aging)
A psychologist-in-training discusses sources of error in geropsychologial research and clever, practical ways of managing them.

Kindling Your Child’s Enthusiasm for School

No other generation has had to cope with this ever-increasing fund of information. Improved technology and more information has led to more memorization & less meaningful learning.

Poetry Lights Up Your Brain Like a Favorite Song, fMRI Shows

New research on the link between happy or scary musical cues—and the difference between reading poetry or prose—offer new clues about how the brain responds to music and poetry.

Are Plants Aware?

By Robert Lanza M.D. on March 11, 2017 in Biocentrism
We usually only call something sentient if it responds to us. But despite our human preconceptions, plants may experience consciousness albeit in a different fashion from us.

When Aging Parents Feel Like Giving Up—Now What?

The emotional price for caregiving can be high. But there are some things you can do to improve your energy and that of your loved one.

How to Train Your Brain Like a Memory Champion

By Lydia Denworth on March 08, 2017 in Brain Waves
Want to improve your memory? A new study shows that a strategy used by memory athletes produces superior memory in regular people and changes their brains, too.

Maintaining the Bond Through Living Memorialization

Some forms of memorialization may better enhance our feelings of connectedness with the deceased.

A Really Big Question Part I

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on February 27, 2017 in Ambigamy
Buddies kick the tires on a popular explanation for life: that life energy, vital force, spirit or soul enters matter and makes it come alive. They come away curious.

Food and Sex

Food, sex and the pleasure principle

Can You Improve Adult ADHD Without Medications?

Do you have Adult ADHD? Are there non-medication treatments? Have you tried medications but experience too many side effects or only partial benefit?

5 Tips to Tame Word-Finding Difficulties

Frustrated by word-finding difficulties? Harness the hidden opportunity they provide to boost your brain health.

Deep Memories of Insects

By Jeffrey Lockwood Ph.D. on February 17, 2017 in The Infested Mind
What creatures infest the dark recesses of the mind?

Managing Information to Be Remembered

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on February 16, 2017 in Memory Medic
What you just learned can interfere with remembering what you are about to learn.

Another Limitless Pill Hits the Market. Does It Deliver?

By Richard E. Cytowic M.D. on February 10, 2017 in The Fallible Mind
Drugs that modulate cognition work in those who truly need help. While not intended for healthy brains, some continue to rack up glowing testimonials—especially from journalists.

The Burden of Memory (part 2)

If most of our memories are false, how can we decide who we are?

The Burden of Memory (part 1)

Recent cognitive science supports the view that memories are confabulations of the past rehearsed for the future. What about historical memory?

Janet Jackson Gives Birth at 50: Two Older Mother Pluses

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on February 07, 2017 in Singletons
Waiting to have your babies? It can be difficult and expensive to have babies older, but new research reveals potential benefits.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Remembering

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on February 05, 2017 in Life, Refracted
Dates important to us, holidays, shared memories, details, and agreements bring us opportunities to show love through remembering.

On The Need To Evolutionize Memory Research

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on February 04, 2017 in Pop Psych
Understanding why we remember can help us understand what we remember

President and Chief Story-teller

By Robyn Fivush Ph.D. on February 04, 2017 in The Stories of Our Lives
Through storytelling, we better understand the human experience, learn what is important and valuable in our lives

Questionable Study About Implanting False Memories

By David M. Allen M.D. on February 03, 2017 in A Matter of Personality
A study shown on "Nova" puts a subject in the position of having to call her parents liars. The experimenter ignores her behavior during the study in drawing conclusions.

Can Slacklining be Good for the Brain?

By Tracy P Alloway Ph.D. on February 01, 2017 in Keep It in Mind
Can slacklining be good for the Brain?

How To Deal With Emotional Triggers

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on January 31, 2017 in Emotional Fitness
Sometimes old memories trigger deep emotional feelings.

Laura (and Emma) and Mary and I

By Susan Hooper on January 30, 2017 in Detours and Tangents
I watched “The Dick Van Dyke Show” as a child, but missed almost all of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” And yet both Laura Petrie and Mary Richards influenced my life.

How Sure Are You About Your Memories?

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on January 28, 2017 in Intentional Insights
Your memories may be lying to you! This article helps you be honest with yourself.
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A Happy Memory: the “Stripey House” of Kansas City.

By Gretchen Rubin on January 23, 2017 in The Happiness Project
Remembering that funny house brought back happy memories, of all those car trips to the mall with my sister and mother.

The Adaptive Significance Of Priming

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on January 22, 2017 in Pop Psych
Priming does not appear to be a byproduct of neural activation, but rather an adaptive means of improving cognitive and behavioral response times. Implications abound.