Scientific American: Sometimes our memories are just made up. Our brains play tricks on us all the time, and these tricks can mislead us into believing we can accurately reconstruct our personal past. In reality, false memories are everywhere. False memories are recollections of things that you never actually experienced. More
Fast Company: Total Recall, Inception, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Once the realm of science fiction, advances in technology, neurochemistry, and cognitive science are redefining what memory is, enabling us to erase old memories and implant new ones. The Nova documentary Memory Hackers, premiering tonight on PBS, recounts the More
A memory study suggests that a majority of Americans incorrectly think that Alexander Hamilton was a US president, and many believe the same about Benjamin Franklin, Hubert Humphrey, and John Calhoun. More
Science: Didn’t get your 40 winks last night? Better not get yourself arrested, or you may admit to a crime you didn’t commit. False confessions are surprisingly easy to extract from people simply by keeping them awake, according to a new study of sleep deprivation. It puts hard numbers to More
The Washington Post: Steve Rannazzisi didn’t sound like someone putting on a show. “I was sort of the party starter of Merrill Lynch,” he said in an interview in 2009. “Until our building got hit with a plane.” “Oh, Christ,” his interviewer, the podcast host Marc Maron, interjected. “Yeah. And then the More
Pacific Standard: Close your eyes. Focus on your breath. Watch, without judgment, as thoughts and feelings arise in your mind, and gradually dissipate. If those instructions sound familiar to you, you are one of the many people—including myself—who have taken up mindfulness meditation. And for good reason: Recent research has More
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