How memory works

Visual Language, a term introduced by Robert Horn, refers to "language based on tight integration of words and visual elements". The visual elements include shapes, as well...
Subliminal learning achieved notoriety back in 1957, when James Vicary claimed moviegoers could be induced to buy popcorn and Coca-Cola through the use of messages that flashed on the...
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...
Many people, particularly as they get older, have concerns about short-term memory problems: going to another room to do something and then forgetting why you’re...
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...
Distributed practice more effective than massed practice It has long been known that spacing practice (reviewing learning or practicing a skill at spaced intervals) is far more effective...
Human memory is a complex and varied phenomenon, and we could delve into its mysteries every day for a hundred years and still have plenty to talk about. But if I had to pick one factor that was...
Context is absolutely critical to successful communication. Think of the common experience of being a stranger at a family gathering or a meeting of close friends. Even familiar words...
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...

Individual differences

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...
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...
Intelligence in a cultural context One theory of intelligence sees intelligence in terms of adaptiveness. Thus: "What constitutes intelligence depends upon what the situation...
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...
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...

What different brain regions do

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...
The mediotemporal lobe