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Cramming does’t help you retain information, so the effect of a long night on the books may not be for much. from

Revising for exams - why cramming the night before rarely works

An intense night of study won't help you remember information in the long-term – and the stress of revising under pressure will likely impact on your sleep and thus your exam performance.
Hearing the same questions over and over again can be frustrating, but it’s important you stay calm – they’re not trying to annoy you. from

Answering the same questions over and over: how to talk to people with dementia

If you care for or know someone with dementia, they've probably asked you “what are we doing today?” “who are you?” or “when are we going home?”
Why do we forget our dishonest actions? Sclafani

We behave a lot more badly than we remember

We come across dishonest acts in our day-to-day lives. Perhaps we commit them as well. But, guess what? Most of us care so much about being moral that we tend to forget our unethical behavior.
The 1992 class photo from Morse High School in San Diego, California. Ewen Roberts/flickr

Why high school stays with us forever

Evolutionary psychology could explain why the memories and friendships formed during these years seem more vivid, potent and meaningful than those from any other stage of life.
Does your mum list all your siblings’ names before she gets to yours? Don’t worry, she doesn’t love them more. from

Peter, Paul, Kylie … David! Why we forget family members’ names

How often has your own mother forgotten your name? Does she ever cycle through the names of each of your siblings – and perhaps even the family pet – before getting to yours?

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