Dwelling on the past, like writing in a diary, is part of being human and helps us form our identity. But not all memories are helpful.
Remembering past events, experiences or emotions is a big part of being human. But if dwelling on the past is distressing, here's what you can do to help.
Your memory can play tricks with you so best not to let fake news get through in the first place.
Why is it that some 'fake news' gets us remembering things that are not true? It depends on how our memory works, and there are ways we can avoid being duped.
Tiny mistakes can appear in our memories every time we recall past events.
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Even our most treasured memories can gradually change over time.
A traumatic memory can be near impossible to shake.
Two neural systems record traumatic memories, meaning they can be remembered in both conscious and unconscious ways.
The pond snail Lymnaea stagnalis.
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New research reveals how stress could alter our perceptions about which animals are 'smart'.
If you try to go too long without sleep, your body will just force it upon you.
If we don't get enough sleep, can we catch up later? Experts are divided.
Like the day’s newspaper, the brain has a temporary way to keep track of events.
How do brains convert experiences into memories? New research explores the chain of events by focusing on what genes shift into gear when neurons are firing.
When persons with dementia engage with others who share their passion for the game, colorful memories can emerge.
A new form of therapy gives people with dementia the opportunity to chat with other baseball fans, watch footage of old games and even play wiffle ball.
Years from now, she’ll probably be ready to part with her photo assistant.
Most Americans cling to things with sentimental value that we no longer need. Taking pictures of these possessions may make it easier to give them away.
People need spaces in which they can speak honestly about their pain and anger.
Universities are so busy trying to make ends meet that there's no time to listen to their communities' stories. It's crucial to develop safe spaces where tough conversations can happen.
Flashbulb memories of 9/11 are more vivid than ordinary memories, but no more accurate.
We may feel like flashbulb memories of dramatic events are more accurate than ordinary memories, but are they really? An experiment begun Sept. 12, 2001 sheds light.
Social media is creating an archive that will shape the way we see our past.
Antimemory, the yin to memory’s yang.
The theory of antimemories could help explain many cognitive problems in the brain such as autism and schizophrenia.
How happy days can be remembered as they really were.
A study has shown that it is possible to lift rats out of depression by reactivating happy memories. But could it work in humans?
Take note: how does a typing on a laptop stack up to handwriting?
Two people walk into a seminar: one takes photos, video and an audio recording of the presentation, while the other takes hand-written notes. Which person do you think will better recall the information…
Human brain cells are able to include spatial information in their memories, which enables people to recall experiences that…
People who are nostalgic about their earlier lives have more of a positive outlook towards their future. Self-esteem and…
A trip down memory lane could do you more good than you might think.
I was recently interviewed by a reporter from a major news organisation about my research on the psychology of nostalgia. The reporter was asking me questions such as, “Isn’t it unhealthy to live in the…
Hazy recollection: I’m sure I buried some cheese here.
If you’ve ever been frustrated by erratic memories, spare a thought for the mice involved in a study published in the journal Science. Researchers have been able to consistently create a “false memory…
Memories of emotionally-dense events are formed in great detail, allowing them to be remembered extremely vividly,
All memories aren’t created equal. Whether you remember an event the next day, week or year, depends on a number of factors, the most important one of which is the emotion associated with it. Emotional…