If only we could jack in our brains and download new knowledge and skills the way The Matrix films depict. But learning -- whether historical facts, m...
I can't remember the first book I ever read, and I can't remember the name of every book that has changed my life. I can, however, tell you every story I have read that has made a significant impact on my life. When I was growing up we didn't have Kindles and laptops and smartphones that had every book ever written at the touch of a button.
Do you remember what the logo for the computer giant Apple looks like? Of course you do; everyone does. We see it every day, and it’s recognize...
One of my most precious possessions is a yellowed, tattered prayerbook that was printed in Vienna in 1859, one hundred years before I was born. The p...
As we plan or enjoy our vacation, we can minimize the disappointment we feel when the reality doesn't live up to our expectations by letting go of expectations - and allowing the present self to simply enjoy the experience.
A recent dinner party transported me to another time and place. How convenient an escape. My new Italian younger soul brother, Simone Porcu sparked the occasion. Tech executive by day, chef by night, Porcu cooks to connect with life more fully. This hobby is an act of love, self-healing, and maintains a legacy.
On a recent vacation it occurred to me how nice it would be to have someone follow my family around with a camera to capture every special moment for posterity. Having been intrigued by 'day in a life' packages offered by photographers, only to be turned off by the costs, I instead find myself constantly taking pictures day in and day out.
In the near future, we fully expect to have comprehensive training programs for the brain -- similar to the training programs used by our Olympic athletes -- to get and keep our minds in peak condition throughout life.
I will be celebrating my birthday July 12th and I, who never made a big deal about this day, now feel differently. I find it sad that the woman who gave birth to me has no memory of this day, or in fact, any other day. Mom for the last 13 years has been suffering from Alzheimer's.
Latoya Ruby Frazier grew up in the sooted ruins of Braddock, Pennsylvania, home Andrew Carnegie's first steel plant just outside Pittsburgh. Daughte...
Using customized skullcaps, fitted with electrodes, the researchers zapped the brains of novice pilots with the brain patterns of six flight experts, hoping they could improve their performance during flight simulation training.
One evening, several weeks ago, I received a call from the nursing home where my mom has lived for the past three years. One can imagine the uncertainty I felt when I answered the phone.
Again, we don't have total control over whether or not dementia develops. But taking care of your brain now can only improve your quality of life today, as well as in the future.
Several institutions of higher education including Harvard, Yale, and Princeton have reconsidered the historical legacies of dead presidents such as Thomas Jefferson and Woodrow Wilson. Homogeneous articulations of collective identity are often forged through commemorative practices that hold up specific historical figures from the dominant racial group as representative symbols of the nation in multiracial societies despite the complicated legacies of such figures.
Of course, we'd all be better off with 8 or more hours of sleep a night -- but that's probably not going to happen for most of us. So a daily nap can buoy us up when we're not getting quite enough winks at night. Remember this: napping is not a character defect!
We can't erase memories yet. But our lab is working on a new tool that could lessen the emotional impact of burdening memories by targeting them during sleep.
"Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were." -- Marcel Proust Proust's In Search of Lost Time is perhaps...
We all feel our memories are fading. But that simply isn't how memory works.
Awash in so much data, it is hard to know which have long-term value and which we can ignore.
Laura Lippman began writing novels while working as a reporter. Seven "Tess Monaghan" books were published before she left journalism in 2001.