Scientists Created False Happy Memories In Mice

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. » 3/10/15 12:30am 3/10/15 12:30am

Your Dog Isn't Dumb, It Just Has A Very Selective Short-Term Memory

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. » 3/06/15 10:50am 3/06/15 10:50am

Sharks Can Remember What They've Learned For A Year, Probably Longer

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. » 2/26/15 11:20am 2/26/15 11:20am

This Is The Most Recognizable Pop Song Ever

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? » 11/05/14 10:55am 11/05/14 10:55am

Long-Term Couples Develop Interconnected Memory Systems

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. » 7/30/14 8:00pm 7/30/14 8:00pm

Do Horrible Events Give Us Flashbulb Memories?

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? » 3/26/14 9:00am 3/26/14 9:00am

The Psychological Effect That Explains Why You Suck at Parties

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. » 3/25/14 1:20pm 3/25/14 1:20pm

Our brains deliberately make us forget things, to prevent insanity

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. » 3/14/14 2:20pm 3/14/14 2:20pm

Are photographic memories real -- and could you have one?

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. » 2/13/14 11:00am 2/13/14 11:00am

Why our memories don't begin until we're three years old

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. » 1/14/14 7:00am 1/14/14 7:00am

How Caffeine Can Boost Your Memory

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. » 1/13/14 8:00am 1/13/14 8:00am

Electroconvulsive Therapy Can Erase Unwanted Memories

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. » 12/23/13 2:30pm 12/23/13 2:30pm

Forgetful snails could tell us about how our memories work

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 » 12/19/13 7:40am 12/19/13 7:40am

No matter how good your recall is, you still have false memories

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. » 11/20/13 3:59pm 11/20/13 3:59pm

What it's like to live with short-term memory loss

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. » 11/02/13 1:00pm 11/02/13 1:00pm

Why do we hate seeing photos of ourselves?

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… » 10/22/13 10:35am 10/22/13 10:35am

Hide your greater sins by listing your lesser ones

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. » 9/12/13 7:00am 9/12/13 7:00am

Dolphins can remember their friends better than most humans

In case you still doubted that dolphins have an awareness rivaling our own, new research shows that these cetaceans can remember the whistles of their old tank-mates after being separated for more than 20 years! No species other than humans has demonstrated such a long-term social memory. » 8/07/13 1:00pm 8/07/13 1:00pm

8 Things We Simply Don't Understand About the Human Brain

Despite all the recent advances in the cognitive and neurosciences, there’s still much about the human brain that we do not know. Here are 8 of the most baffling problems currently facing science. » 7/29/13 10:05am 7/29/13 10:05am