We've all been there: walked into a room and can't remember what we came for. But how much is the actual doorway to blame for our forgetfulness?
When home and work life look the same, events tend to blur into a single unmemorable blob. And that's when we start to forget things.
Artwork and historic footage are projected on to Berlin’s Stasi Museum as part of the 30th anniversary commemorations.
The decision to move the Stasi files into the German national archive has sparked debate of how memories of life before reunification should be handled.
Your memory may be unreliable – but that can be an advantage.
The ability to remember to carry out future intentions, known as prospective memory, is still developing in early childhood.
As children's self-regulatory capacities and the prefrontal regions of their brains develop, so does their ability to carry out their future intentions.
Everyone forgets things sometimes.
Have you ever walked into a room and realised you can’t remember what you were looking for? We tend to do this more when we are thinking of a few things at once or doing two things at the same time.
How can you forget when the internet won’t let you?
Forgetting is beneficial for the human brain. But the internet has made it harder to let go of painful or problematic memories.
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.
‘Married, you say?’
People kept diaries for two weeks recording how often things about them were forgotten. The results turned out to be surprising.
Is electrical pulse to the brain your favorite memory enhancer?
U.S. Air Force photo by J.M. Eddins Jr.
Tinkering with the brain's electrical field shows tantalizing promise for boosting memory, but it doesn't always work. A new study offers one reason why.
Why do we forget our dishonest actions?
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.
Memory lane is often better than the real thing.
Memories help you gloss over those ugly bits with minimum fuss.
Memory has become prosthetic – outsourced to the internet. But remembering, not forgetting, is the enemy of creative reinvention.
External enhancements of memory may soon go high-tech.
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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.
The answer is a resounding no – brains are more sophisticated than that.
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?
‘My huff is without bottom’
New research suggests that there is a link between the grudges we bear and our memories of the events in question
Do you forget a subject’s content as soon as the exam is over? Or forget a language once you’ve stopped using it? It’s not gone, you might just need something to retrieve it.
Throughout our lives we have multitudes of experiences that shape how we then behave in the world. Some of these lessons are learnt rapidly, such as why we shouldn’t put our hand on a hot pan on the stove…
Childhood memories seem few and far between – if they still exist at all. So why can’t we dig them up as adults?
Memories from early childhood are notoriously elusive but why can’t we recall our most formative experiences? New research…
Are there things you’d rather not remember?
If you could erase your memories, which ones would you choose? As a neuroscientist, one of my raisons d’etre is to achieve, in a way, some form of memory erasure, especially for individuals that suffer…
Getting rid of negative memories is increasingly within our grasp.
Memories influence our behaviour for better or worse. A traumatic incident, experienced once, can darken our lives for ever more. Drug or alcohol addiction – driven by remembered rewards – can render the…