Before satellites dotted the sky, accurate directions often required consulting more than one paper map and gathering pertinent details from other humans like, "there will be a cemetery on the left." Once you acquired such critical information, you really didn't want to forget it.
Psychological scientists decided to see if hand size is more reliable than other possible rulers. They wanted to see if indeed the perceptual system treats hand size as more constant than the sizes of other objects in the world, including other body parts.
Time and attention are quirky. We were in Washington when the Russians launched Sputnik in 1957 starting the Space race, aware but focused more on new baby, new job.
My 30-year-old son thinks I don't notice that he cringes and distances himself from me when my behavior embarrasses him.
Stress, when harnessed properly, can have numerous benefits for the body and mind. But in order to use stress to our advantage, it's important first to understand what exactly causes it and, if everyone tells us to avoid it, how it can actually help us.
If they aren't the person you used to know and love (and you can't get on board with who they are now) then let them go.
In an always-on digital world, we have the two-edged sword of our "legacy cement" constantly being poured...hero to zero and back again before it dries.
As I look back at my summer memories, I wonder why certain situations are vivid in my mind while others I'm not able to recall. When I have conversations with my sister and brother about our childhood, some we can reminiscence to the very minuscule detail while other stories... there is no recollection.
"Memory is everything. Without it we are nothing," observed neuroscientist Eric Kandel, winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize for his groundbreaking research...
About 13.8 billion years ago, the hydrogen in my body emerged from the Big Bang. It spent eons just hanging around in the rapidly expanding and cooling universe. As stars became supernovae, the other elements in my body were forged and ejected into space.
Michael Jackson kept a full menagerie at his Neverland Ranch. While Bubbles the chimpanzee is probably his most famous pet, he also owned a boa constrictor named Muscles, two pythons, two llamas, four giraffes, two more non-famous chimps, two alligators and 13 Chilean flamingos.
I tell her I'll remember for the both of us. It's like picking up a piece of luggage for someone you love and carrying it for awhile to give them a break. I can do that.
The medical field of preserving the dead for possible future life is quickly improving every year.
Inadequately educated citizens see the world in black and white, settle for sound bites rather than discourse, fail to distinguish information from disinformation, and succumb to manipulation by clever attack ads and faux news.
Maybe there is some risk in overzealously documenting our lives. There are certainly times to put that camera away and join in the fun. But these findings suggest that there may also be risk in failing to create mementos. The seemingly dull and quotidian details of our everyday lives may be the emotional treasures of the future.
Distressing as it was for everyone who knew and loved him to see him change, our good times didn't end. In fact, some of my most endearing memories of him came after he had "changed."
In the movie Memento Leonard Shelby (played by Guy Pearce) has completely lost his ability to make new memories and and finds his way in the world by obsessively photographing everything and every moment in his experience.
As we age, and our natural sleep architecture becomes increasingly fragmented, we should all be doing what we can to try and get a good night's sleep.
Needless to say in our always-on, never gone, digital world, memory has taken on spectrum of new meaning most of it cold, rational and linked in very clear and direct ways.
Our 20-second short-term memory means that if something isn't significant enough to us, we'll forget about it almost as soon as it happens. The fact remains that we only remember what matters to us.