Snapping and sharing photographs has never been easier. But being inundated with images can have a host of unintended consequences, from heightened anxiety to impaired memory.
Memory has become prosthetic – outsourced to the internet. But remembering, not forgetting, is the enemy of creative reinvention.
Could the not-too-distant future hold "brain chip" technologies that we could all use to enhance our memories to the point of perfection? Not so fast: there are big benefits to forgetting.
As well as being a favourite seasonal fruit, a bioactive compound found in cherries is showing promising effects for brain health.
Magda Szubanski’s engaging debut memoir, Reckoning, is an exercise in precisely that: reconciling the past. It is also a celebration of the life and career of one of our greatest comedians.
In the years after a traumatic news event, we're prone to confuse things we saw on TV with what we witnessed in person.
The modern world's effect on our ability to remember has got an ugly name. But digital amnesia is not a one-way street. Technology may be helping us to remember more than it has caused us to forget.
An individual may remember and forget what he or she likes, but once a version of past events is accepted and shared by a group, as a collective construction, it is on public record.
People with dementia judge the passage of time differently, and can access remote memories from many decades ago while being unable to remember events of the past few hours.
The average age of survivors is now 80. In five years, very few of these first-hand witnesses will be around to remember the event. Many of their stories are in danger of being lost forever.
Nigel Richards has won the French scrabble championships, even though he doesn't speak French.
New evidence shows going back to a problem after sleeping gives your brain a chance to process the information it needs to solve it.
It can't compete with the US, but the UK became part of mega-memorial culture after the London bombings.
Inside Out does well when it comes to representing the interplay of memory and emotion, while fudging some of the basics.
Our natural difficulties in thinking about the future, low probabilities and considering risk make many of our views about nuclear power problematic.
The brain is truly a marvel. A seemingly endless library, whose shelves house our most precious memories as well as our lifetime's knowledge. But is there a point where it reaches capacity?
We strengthen memories while we sleep, and researchers have found a way to cue that process to help people better retain information that counters implicit biases.
Though Kazuo Ishiguro makes us wonder whether remembering is really better than forgetting, he also makes it clear that the answer is irrelevant. Remembering is our fate.
Older adults are less able to ignore distractions as they try to remember things.
Lots of kids have trouble remembering their times tables. Learning them by rote can mean a child knows the numbers but not what they mean.