Memory

Hacking Memory to Follow Through with Intentions

Linking tasks that we intend to complete to distinctive cues that we’ll encounter at the right place and the right time may help us remember to follow through. More

  • Cross cultural studies suggest that the positive link between detailed recall of autobiographical experiences and wellbeing may not be universal. More

    The Culturally Specific Role of Specific Episodic Memory

    Cross cultural studies suggest that the positive link between detailed recall of autobiographical experiences and wellbeing may not be universal. More

  • Exploring objects through touch can generate detailed, durable memories for those objects, even when we don’t intend to memorize the object’s details. More

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    Touch Can Produce Detailed, Lasting Memories

    Exploring objects through touch can generate detailed, durable memories for those objects, even when we don’t intend to memorize the object’s details. More

  • Researchers find that young children aren’t always vulnerable to suggestive false memories and that adults go along with suggestions when they match up with their associations. More

    Children Make Better Eyewitnesses than Adults in Certain Circumstances

    Researchers find that young children aren’t always vulnerable to suggestive false memories and that adults go along with suggestions when they match up with their associations. More

  • Advanced computer modeling shows that the memory of one individual can indirectly influence that of another via shared social connections in large groups. More

    Information Is Contagious Among Social Connections

    Advanced computer modeling shows that the memory of one individual can indirectly influence that of another via shared social connections in large groups. 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

    Americans Recognize ‘Past Presidents’ Who Never Were

    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

  • Exposure to false information about an event usually makes it more difficult for people to recall the original details, but new research suggests that there may be times when misinformation actually boosts memory. More

    A pile of old pictures and a journal to document memories of past times.

    Detecting Misinformation Can Improve Memory Later On

    Exposure to false information about an event usually makes it more difficult for people to recall the original details, but new research suggests that there may be times when misinformation actually boosts memory. More

  • More than 2 decades' worth of psychological research has shown how fallible and suggestible memory can be, and the personal and societal implications that false recollections can have. More

    False Memory

    More than 2 decades' worth of psychological research has shown how fallible and suggestible memory can be, and the personal and societal implications that false recollections can have. More

  • Research findings suggest that memory encoding and self-control share and vie for common cognitive resources: inhibiting our response to a stimulus temporarily tips resources away from encoding new memories. More

    Self-Control Competes with Memory

    Research findings suggest that memory encoding and self-control share and vie for common cognitive resources: inhibiting our response to a stimulus temporarily tips resources away from encoding new memories. More

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