I'd bet many of you think you have a great memory -- that you can relate your observations clearly and accurately. But you're wrong, too. Don't feel bad about this! We are all imperfect when it comes to observing and remembering.
Emotional experiences clearly affect memory. At the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy many people shared their memories of whe...
Clearly the giraffe evolved this uncommon and helpful trait in order to reach those nourishing leaves. That's how natural selection works. If you're a 6-year-old.
Memory is a funny thing. There are many things we'd like to forget -- like bad haircuts, lousy meals and upsetting fights with loved ones. And then, there are those things we would love to remember -- such as where we parked the car.
My friend Annie, an overwhelmed but very capable mother, has two kids under 5 years of age and a high-powered corporate job that's now got her traveli...
We all perceive things as we imagine them to be, based on our own histories, as seen through our current lens of the world. This is why two people experiencing the very same event will tell the story in completely different ways. They can have two completely different "realities."
In a classic 1996 study, psychological scientists demonstrated that "priming" people with aging-related words actually led them to walk more slowly afterward. Today the idea of unconscious priming is under intense scrutiny.
How much better off would I be if I had focused on moments while I was raising my kids, moments that seemed inconsequential at the time?
What if, one day, my rapist walks into a room with me? What would I do? How would I react?
magine how much happier your life would be if you never forgot anything important. As you get older, you may feel that your memory is only getting worse and worse. Fortunately though, based on new memory research, all you need is some simple mental wizardry to get your mind in tune and prevent those minor memory woes.
Naturally, this new relationship is causing me to think of all sorts of questions: "What are things that my daughter will say and do that will crack me up? What challenges will she face in life? Will I have any chance of keeping it together when she becomes bat mitzvah?"
If we are not aware of what's going on when we are in these patterns or if we experience resistance to the healing process. Then we will go in and out of awareness when things remind us of a place we have been before and in no ways want to repeat.
It is one thing to talk about how our minds can fool us. An adult remembers going to Disneyland as a child for a picture with Bugs Bunny? No problem. It is different when you see how our minds can fail us.
As we approach the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination we are reminded of his enduring hold on the popular imagination. Polls show that Kennedy is America's favorite president, ranking above Washington, Lincoln, and Roosevelt.
Why then would police resist seemingly common sense reforms to eyewitness identification procedures? The issue has less to do with the sensibility of the measures themselves and more to do with the complex nature of policing culture.
I've seen it in family members, I know just how terrible it is. But Alzheimer's takes away all dignity, takes away the ability to communicate, takes away the ability to function in the world. Why do we focus only on one loss: memory?
In my mind, the film is about transcending gravity; the quest to live life a few feet off the ground. The Kaballah teaches that growth and impact emerge from living outside our comfort zone. The ground offers security but the most memorable moments in life and fulfillment arise when we strive to live a little higher and brighter.
Dip a madeleine in tea. Yes, because 2013 is the centennial of the original French publication of Marcel Proust's Swann's Way.