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The Many Ways our Memory Fails Us (Part 3) (Purchase a copy of the entire 3-part series in one sexy PDF for $3.99)

The Many Ways our Memory Fails Us (Part 3)

Boost Your Brain Power: 7 Tips for Improving Your Memory. Surely, constantly forgetting what you were doing in the middle of doing something and constantly looking for your misplaced house keys is not the ideal way to spend your golden years.

Boost Your Brain Power: 7 Tips for Improving Your Memory

Don't wait until it is too late to start thinking about improving your memory. If you are bad at remembering simple to-do tasks, other people's names, your girlfriend's birthday, and other relevant pieces of information, use some of the most useful mnemonic devices illustrated below to help you retain things more permanently in your brain space. More importantly, be sure to practice good physical and mental health habits on a regular basis to keep your memory and brain stamina high.

Get adequate sleep, eat healthy, and exercise frequently. Joshua Foer: Feats of memory anyone can do. The Science of "Chunking," Working Memory, and How Pattern Recognition Fuels Creativity. By Maria Popova “Generating interesting connections between disparate subjects is what makes art so fascinating to create and to view… We are forced to contemplate a new, higher pattern that binds lower ones together.”

The Science of "Chunking," Working Memory, and How Pattern Recognition Fuels Creativity

It seems to be the season for fascinating meditations on consciousness, exploring such questions as what happens while we sleep, how complex cognition evolved, and why the world exists. Mental block: Professor discovers way to alter memory. June 4, 2013 — A series of studies conducted by an Iowa State University research team shows that it is possible to manipulate an existing memory simply by suggesting new or different information.

Mental block: Professor discovers way to alter memory

The key is timing and recall of that memory, said Jason Chan, an assistant professor of psychology at Iowa State. "If you reactivate a memory by retrieving it, that memory becomes susceptible to changes again. And if at that time you give people new contradictory information, that can make the original memory much harder to retrieve later," Chan said. One of the major findings from the studies, published in the latest issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , is the impact on declarative memory -- a memory that can be consciously recalled and verbally described, such as what you did last weekend.

The effects are powerful because people are retrieving memory and then incorporating new information. If it was immediate, the memory could be altered. MIT Neuroscientists Can Implant Fake Memories into the Brain. Susanne Posel Occupy Corporatism July 29, 2013 Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of technology (MIT) have developed a technique to implant false memories into the minds of laboratory rats.

MIT Neuroscientists Can Implant Fake Memories into the Brain

Steven Ramirez, lead author of the study from MIT identified brain cells associated with specific memories and used a technique to alter the rat’s memory once it was isolated. In principle, this experiment could be recreated on human subjects and have a similar level of success. Ramirez hopes that this study would lay a foundation of future research that could become a therapy for emotionally disturbed individuals, treat those with emotional problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) which involves the recollection of “unwanted memories”.

In the laboratory, Ramirez’ team used optogenetics which utilizes light to turn on or off brain cells with an optical fiber that is shown directly into the hippocampus (the region of the brain that controls the formation of new memories). False Memories: When Your Brain Makes Stuff Up. Correction appended 11/20/13, 10:18 AM It’s easy enough to explain why we remember things: multiple regions of the brain — particularly the hippocampus — are devoted to the job.

False Memories: When Your Brain Makes Stuff Up

It’s easy to understand why we forget stuff too: there’s only so much any busy brain can handle. Study: For Memory, Hearing Is Worse Than Seeing or Feeling - Julie Beck. Participants were significantly better at recalling things they saw and touched than audio recordings they heard.

Study: For Memory, Hearing Is Worse Than Seeing or Feeling - Julie Beck

Jim Linwood/flickr Problem: It’s not that you weren’t listening when your mom/partner/roommate asked you to pick up more toilet paper on the way home. You just forgot. An honest mistake. You’re only human. The Science of Memory (and 4 Uncommon Ways to Enhance It) I have a pretty bad memory, it seems.

The Science of Memory (and 4 Uncommon Ways to Enhance It)

I know people say that all the time, but here’s why I think it actually applies to me: In pretty much all of my childhood memories, I’m around 10 years old, as if nothing ever happened before that.My poor co-founder, Josh, has to replay almost entire conversations before I recall having had them. On a regular basis.Unless my high school was running way off the curriculum, I just don’t remember anything I learned there.

Sharp-Wave Ripples Link Memory and Decisions. Over the past few decades, researchers have worked to uncover the details of how the brain organizes memories.

Sharp-Wave Ripples Link Memory and Decisions

Much remains a mystery, but scientists have identified a key event: the formation of an intense brain wave called a “sharp-wave ripple” (SWR). This process is the brain’s version of an instant replay — a sped-up version of the neural activity that occurred during a recent experience. These ripples are a strikingly synchronous neural symphony, the product of tens of thousands of cells firing over just 100 milliseconds. Any more activity than that could trigger a seizure. Now researchers have begun to realize that SWRs may be involved in much more than memory formation. Studies such as this one have begun to illuminate the complex relationship between memory and the decision-making process.

The new results are also prompting a broad shift in our understanding of the hippocampus, a C-shaped nub of brain tissue behind each ear. Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload. The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload, a book by Daniel Levitin, explores “how humans have coped with information and organization from the beginning of civilization. … It’s also the story of how the most successful members of society—from successful artists, athletes, and warriors, to business executives and highly credentialed professionals—have learned to maximize their creativity, and efficiency, by organizing their lives so that they spend less time on the mundane, and more time on the inspiring, comforting, and rewarding things in life.”

Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload