background preloader

How Memory Works: 10 Things Most People Get Wrong — PsyBlog

Human memory and recall works nothing like a computer, but that’s what makes it all the more fascinating to understand and experience. “If we remembered everything we should on most occasions be as ill off as if we remembered nothing.” ~William James It’s often said that a person is the sum of their memories. Your memory and recall is what makes you who you are. Despite this, memory and recall is generally poorly understood, which is why many people say they have ‘bad memories’. Here is my 10-point guide to the psychology of memory and recall (it is based on an excellent review chapter by the distinguished UCLA memory expert, Professor Robert A. 1. Everyone has experienced the frustration of not being able to recall a fact from memory. So it seems obvious that memories decay, like fruit going off. But what on earth is the point of a brain that remembers everything but can’t recall most of it? 2. Obviously the only one that’s of interest is the most recent. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Related:  Smart KidsMemoryCroyancesnina007

35 Clever Parenting Ideas Every Parent Needs To Know Raising kids is the hardest job in the world. Here are some tips that will make parenting easier and bring a smile to your children’s faces. Enjoy and don’t forget to take notes! 1 | This cute baby mop suit lets your child crawl and help out around the house at the same time. Source: Memory: 10 Fascinating Quirks Everyone Should Know Why we remember and why we forget: it’s context, fading emotions, deep processing, the ‘Google effect’, the reminiscence bump and way more… Many people say they have bad memories, but the majority are wrong. The way memory works can be unexpected, frustrating, wonderful, and even quirky — but not necessarily ‘bad’. For most of us the problem isn’t with our memories, it’s with understanding how memory works.

Overrated vs. Underrated: Common Beliefs We Get Wrong As a society, we often overvalue unimportant things and undervalue the ideas and strategies that make a real difference. Here’s my take on a few common beliefs that I think we often get wrong. Overrated: Being busy.

Reading a Novel Boosts Brain Connectivity Stories leave their mark on the mind both psychologically and neurologically. A new study in which participants’ brains were scanned before, during and five days after reading a novel has found persistent neurological changes (Berns et al., 2013). The book–Robert Harris’ Pompeii–was given to 19 people to read. They were scanned every day, over 19 consecutive days, to assess the brain’s resting state: in other words, what it’s doing when it’s doing nothing in particular. The results, published in the journal Brain Connectivity, showed that there were changes in the brain’s resting state that persisted after participants had finished reading the novel. The Visual Leap - About Visual Thinking >> Home • About Visual Thinking About Visual Thinking Visual thinking, also called visual learning, is a proven method of organizing ideas graphically - with concept maps, mind maps and webs.

15 Toilet Paper Roll Crafts For Kids DIY Ready 15 Toilet Paper Roll Crafts For Kids 5.00/5 (100.00%) 1 vote Having trouble coming up with some creative ideas that your kids will love? Upcycling is a great way to share ideas and teach your little ones about the importance of reusing! Turn paper towel rolls into unique crafts for kids, planters, toy cars, and much more. Who knew that saving a couple rolls of paper towels or toilet paper would turn into a crafting extravaganza! On the Tip-of-the-Tongue: Blocked Memories What is this instrument called? Is it on the tip of your tongue? “What’s the name of that guy who was in that film with…you know the one…he’s…no, no it’s not Denzel Washington, the other guy. How to Create a 5-Piece French Wardrobe and Change Your Life French women's style is undeniably fascinating, so with the current trend for reducing your closet in the air, one compelling concept comes to mind: the five-piece French wardrobe. This is a movement that gained traction in 2014, but it feels especially de rigeur when downsizing, streamlining and making your day-to-day life an altogether more enjoyable affair is of the utmost importance. The guidelines are simple: First, make sure you have quality basics across all categories of apparel, and eliminate pieces that you don’t wear or love. Buy new staples to fill any gaps you may find—and remember, quality over quantity.

Postcards From The Future Show What London Will Look Like After Climate Change What will the world's biggest cities look like as climate change progresses? In a series called Postcards from the Future, U.K. artists Robert Graves and Didier Madoc-Jones imagined future scenes from London, transforming familiar city views according to different scientific projections. "We were hearing a lot about the potential impacts of climate change, but everything we were hearing about was just words, or very two-dimensional graphics in magazines," says Madoc-Jones. "The only imagery we were getting was pictures or reports from places like Bangladesh…the trouble is that when you live in London, when you hear reports of people suffering in other parts of the world, you can easily forget about those things and put them to one side." In one scene, rising sea levels have turned London into a Venice-like city that has to be navigated by boat. In another, Buckingham Palace is surrounded by sprawling slum housing climate refugees from other countries.

7 Sins of Memory Psychologists have found that right from the moment an event occurs to the moment we try to retrieve it, our minds are fallible. “Memory itself is an internal rumour.” –George Santayana The word rumour captures an aspect of memory perfectly. When we delve backwards, moments never return in their original clarity; they return as rumours of the original event. Faces have been switched, names deleted, words edited – sometimes it’s as though we weren’t even there.

Feel the Cauliflower Power! Our 11 Most Delicious Recipes! Written by PETA | August 19, 2014 Cauliflower is a wonderfully versatile vegetable for the summer months. A perfect addition to your backyard barbecues, it can be featured in a main dish, used in a wide variety of side dishes, or incorporated into a light salad. 1. Cauliflower “Meatballs”

Brain overload explains missing childhood memories Anthony Bradshaw / Getty Images Scientists believe they've learned why toddlers don't retain early memories. By Linda Carroll Scientists -- and parents -- have long wondered why we don’t remember anything that happened before age 3.