How memory works

"Consolidation" is a term that is bandied about a lot in recent memory research. Here's my take on what it means. Becoming a memory Initially, information is thought to be...
Difficulty in remembering people’s names is one of the most common memory tasks that people wish to be better at. And the reason for this is not that their memory is poor, but...
When considering what will be the most effective strategies for you, don't forget the basic principles of memory: (1) Repetition repetition repetition The trick is to find a way of repeating...
The mediotemporal lobe (MTL) is a concept rather than a defined brain structure. It includes the hippocampus, the amygdala, and the entorhinal and perirhinal cortices - all structures within the...
There is a very common form of forgetfulness that is not really a failure of memory. When we get in our car to drive to place A and find ourselves instead on the road to the more...
Are you right-brained or left-brained? One of the dumber questions around. I think it’s safe to say that if you only had one hemisphere of your...
Autobiographical memory contains the information you have about yourself. It includes several domains: self-description (the source of a large part of your sense of identity), containing...
A study1 of nearly 2000 older adults has found that eating a Mediterranean diet was associated with less risk of developing mild cognitive impairment or of transitioning from MCI to Alzheimer's...
What is neurogenesis? Neurogenesis — the creation of new brain cells — occurs of course at a great rate in the very young. For a long time, it was not thought to occur in adult...
Planning memory contains your plans and goals (such as, “I must pick up the dry-cleaning today”; “I intend to finish this project within three months”)....

Individual differences

Widely cited gender differences in cognition It is clear that there are differences between the genders in terms of cognitive function; it is much less clear that there are differences in...
Are you right-brained or left-brained? One of the dumber questions around. I think it’s safe to say that if you only had one hemisphere of your...
You may have heard of “g”. It’s the closest we’ve come to that elusive attribute known as “intelligence”, but it is in fact a...
Intelligence in a cultural context One theory of intelligence sees intelligence in terms of adaptiveness. Thus: "What constitutes intelligence depends upon what the situation...
I’ve always been interested in the body’s clocks — and one of the most interesting things is that it is clocks, in the plural. It appears the main clock is located in a part of the...

What different brain regions do

The mediotemporal lobe
I’ve always been interested in the body’s clocks — and one of the most interesting things is that it is clocks, in the plural. It appears the main clock is located in a part of the...