Tag Archives: memory

The Power of Negative Thinking (Study; SA)

“Can our expectations for the future change how we remember the past? According to a new study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, they can—we remember unpleasant experiences more negatively if we expect to endure them again. Researchers at … Continue reading

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The Then and Now of Memory (NYT article)

“The recordings, taken from the brains of people awaiting surgery for epilepsy, suggest that new memories of even abstract facts — an Italian verb, for example — are encoded in a brain-cell firing sequence that also contains information about what … Continue reading

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What you feel influences what you see: The role of affective feelings in resolving binocular rivalry (Study)

“Abstract It seems obvious that what you see influences what you feel, but what if the opposite were also true? What if how you feel can shape your visual experience? In this experiment, we demonstrate that the affective state of … Continue reading

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Grounding person memory in space: Does spatial anchoring of behaviors improve recall? (Study)

“Abstract In two experiments, we examine and find support for the general hypothesis that memory for behavioral information in the context of an impression formation task depends on where that information is located in vertical space. These findings extend earlier … Continue reading

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Spring-Cleaning the Mind? Study Shows a Cluttered Brain Doesn’t Remember (Study, in ScienceDaily)

“Lapses in memory occur more frequently with age, yet the reasons for this increasing forgetfulness have not always been clear. According to new research from Concordia University, older individuals have reduced learning and memory because their minds tend to be … Continue reading

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Searching the brain for social networks (Study, physorg)

“Thornton has hypothesized that a system that he calls social working memory is distinct from but complementary to working memory, which is what people use to hold nonsocial information in mind, such as when alphabetizing a group of words. What … Continue reading

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Individual Differences in Recovery Time From Attentional Capture (Study, in PsyScience)

“Differences in working memory (WM) capacity have been attributed to a person’s ability to control their attention, and low WM capacity individuals are thought to be more prone to have their attention captured by distractors. To test an alternative theory–that … Continue reading

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Men are distracted by attractive newsreaders: The more attractive a female newsreader is, the less likely male viewers are to remember what she had been saying (Study, DailyMail)

“It won’t come as much of a surprise to women, but men are distracted by attractive newsreaders. In fact, the more attractive a female newsreader is, the less likely male viewers are to remember what she had been saying, according … Continue reading

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Remembering why: Can people consistently recall reasons for their behaviour? (Study)

“Nearly six hundred undergrads answered open-ended questions about why they’d purchased, downloaded or copied their most recently acquired album (the vast majority had acquired one within the last two weeks), and then they provided the same information again six months … Continue reading

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Joseph LeDoux on “altering memories” (Video, 5 min., Jan. 2010)

“Your memory is just as good as your last memory.” LeDoux speaking (shortly) about the inhibition of the memory consolidation process, the possiblity to erase/manipulate memories and the ethical aspect of memory manipulation (mentioning, that our memories are permanently being”manipulated” … Continue reading

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