The notion that musical training can have positive effects on cognitive functions other than music has long been a source of interest. Research first emerged at the beginning of the 20th century. Standardised assessments of IQ and musical ability suggested the two were correlated – and it was thought that…
The authors of a recent study published in Neuropsycholgia say they’ve identified a new syndrome characterized by the inability to re-live previous experiences. It sounds a lot like amnesia, but people with this rare condition are otherwise healthy and have no history of brain damage or psychological trauma.
In a near pairing of neurobiology and positive reinforcement, researchers have induced happy memories of a certain location in mice. The hope is that it can provide a new way of dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Dogs may be capable of human-like emotions and consciousness, but their short-term memories are pretty terrible, particularly when the event in question is something relatively trivial and not survival-oriented.
Last year, we found out that sharks have social personalities. Now comes evidence that they can identify shapes and optical illusions — and remember what they've learned for a full year, and maybe even longer.
It takes an average of just over two seconds for most people to identify this song, which a new experiment describes as the most easily recognizable song to ever chart. But how does that work?
Cleveland's prodigal son, LeBron James, has a better memory than you. But then, the same could probably be said of many professional athletes.
New research from Macquarie University in Australia reveals that intimate couples become part of an interpersonal cognitive system where each is dependent on the other to fill in certain memory gaps.
We've all seen famous photographs of tragic events. Some of them have become iconic. We may also carry around a little set of personal snapshots in our minds, like perfectly preserved memories. But how can we be sure?
Have you noticed a little problem at parties? You get introduced to groups of people and immediately forget all their names. There's an effect that explains why things like this are such a problem.
The ability to retain and recall information is an imperfect process even at the best of times — a shortcoming that now appears to be no accident. A new study shows that our brains are actively making us forget unimportant details, and that if it didn't, we'd probably go insane.
There are people out there who can remember almost every detail of what they did on a random day ten years ago. But is it possible to have an actual photographic memory, whether developed by nature or nurture? Here's the truth.
Everyone has a first memory, but the average age that those first memories begin isn't until 3- and 1/2-years-old. A new theory explains just why that may be so.
Caffeine is known to confer a number of brain-boosting benefits, but its influence on our ability to store and recall information has never been properly explored. A new study corrects this oversight, showing that caffeine can help us recall certain memories — and it's an effect that lasts for at least 24 hours.
We're still a far ways off from the kind of memory erasure portrayed in the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but a recent experiment has just taken us one step closer. By using electroconvulsive therapy on depressed patients, scientists were able to disrupt their ability to recall emotionally jarring events.
Snails, like all animals, need to remember. They need to remember what is good or bad to eat, what might be trying to eat them, and who they recently mated with. All of these things can prove extremely important in the fight to survive and reproduce; and understanding how a snail forgets such things can teach us about
There is a condition known as Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory, in which people can remember every detail of what they did years ago. In a sense, these people have the best memories on Earth. And yet they still suffer from false memory syndrome, just like the rest of us.
Gweneviere Mann suffered a stroke during a surgery to remove a brain tumor, and since then her short-term memory has been impaired. This animation from StoryCorps looks briefly at the life of Mann and her boyfriend.
There you are, clicking through your friend's Facebook album, when suddenly you happen upon a picture of yourself — or rather, a slightly less attractive version of yourself. The "real" you appears to have been abducted, replaced with some second-rate knock off. What gives? you ask yourself. Is that really what I look…
Have you screwed up a lot of different things? Do you want to hide the worst of your screw-ups? There's an easy way — just tell people only your smallest mistakes.