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.
It doesn't make any sense to me why I can remember the names of every teacher through elementary school despite a lack of photos, who I had crushes on through every grade, the best birthday parties, and the lyrics to every song produced in the 1960s, when I can't remember things I need to remember in the here and now.
An examination of life looking back from a mature age is at the center of The Last First Day by Carrie Brown and I Married You For Happiness by Lily Tuck. The authors avoid the easy take on growing old.
Lauren Winkler died Sunday evening in an private jet crash at Santa Monica Airport described by investigators as unsurvivable. Lauren was a fundraiser...
This research suggests that a physically active lifestyle helps preserve cognitive function. If you want to keep your marbles and your muscles, you better do more than Sudoku.
The prophet Isaiah is on my mind and in my heart more and more. His voice rings in Yom Kippur's Haftarah with messages I fear we've forgotten. With messages I believe we must begin to remember, even if they hurt our hearts. Especially because they hurt our hearts so deeply.
"Henry was dead," Corkin writes, "but he remained a precious research participant." How you feel about such a sentence will probably be a good indicator of how you will feel about poor Henry and his doctors in Permanent Present Tense.
Nope, I'm not writing about military service. I have come to strongly believe that we would, in fact, live in a better, kinder world if every teenager took a job in the service industry before entering adulthood.
Poverty is emotionally crushing, and stigma only adds to that burden. The poor are often disparaged as lazy and incompetent -- unable or unwilling to improve their own lot. Why don't they make better decisions for themselves?
The latest findings from the real neuroscience of creativity suggest that the right brain/left brain distinction is not the right one when it comes to understanding how creativity is implemented in the brain.
Researchers at Columbia University have demonstrated that common age-related memory loss is distinct from Alzheimer's disease. As importantly, you can reverse this loss. Well, if you're a mouse, you can.
This is the key for our future. We must ensure we are building a nation of competent citizens capable of thinking critically at work, at home and in the public arena.