Tagged: Memory

Why our brain needs sleep, and what happens if we don’t get enough of it - Guest Work

Guest Work Oct 20, 2017

Leonie Kirszenblat, The University of Queensland Many of us have experienced the effects of sleep deprivation: feeling tired and cranky, or finding it hard to concentrate. Sleep is more important for our brains than you may realise. Although it may appear you’re “switching off” when you fall asleep, the brain is far from inactive. What we know from … Read More

Why use your memory when you can use your computer’s? - News

Julie Iles Aug 19, 2016

On every smartphone, there is probably a collection of quickly typed reminders, thoughts, grocery lists, and  titbits of information we thought we might forget. Out-sourcing our thoughts and memories like this is called ‘cognitive offloading’. The term involves everyday activities we may take for granted. From using a calculator to check finances to depending on Google Maps to get around, cognitive offloading is what we … Read More

How our modular brain pieces the world together - Guest Work

Guest Work May 24, 2016

By Bronson Harry, Western Sydney University Picture a close friend. Imagine their face, the sound of their voice, their height, what they normally wear. You might be surprised to learn you have just used a host of different brain regions to recall this information. Curiously, there is no single brain region that is involved in representing the people … Read More

On Memory, Nobel Prizes, Seahorses, and the Future of Science - Guest Work

Guest Work Sep 03, 2015

Guest post by Michael Corballis. In 1963 I enrolled as a PhD student in McGill University’s Department of Psychology in Montreal, Canada. The first seminar was conducted by Donald Hebb, something of a legendary figure in both psychology and neuroscience, and widely remembered for formulating what has come to be known as Hebb’s rule, still regarded … Read More

Early memories: future proofing for teenage wellbeing? - Infrequently Asked Questions

Lynley Hargreaves Aug 14, 2014

Professor Elaine Reese How much of their early life will your children remember? How coherent a life story can they tell? The University of Otago’s Professor Elaine Reese tells us how successive Marsden grants are helping her unravel the links between parent conversations and the way teenagers handle life – their wellbeing, their level of trust, and whether they … Read More

False memories after sleep deprivation - Sleep on it

Karyn O'Keeffe Jul 29, 2014

Last week I read a cool study about false memories after sleep deprivation.  Published the week before in Psychological Medicine, the study was comprised of several experiments which examined whether sleep deprivation was associated with creation of false memories of witnessing a plane crash or after being fed misinformation. The researchers asked 193 undergraduate … Read More

Where your imagination lives - Infrequently Asked Questions

Lynley Hargreaves Jul 02, 2014

Associate Professor Donna Rose AddisWhen Associate Professor Donna Rose Addis gets study participants to imagine – for example, their dad in a laser tag park with an inflatable boat – she finds a surprising thing. The more variable their brain signal, the better the story the participants tell. The University of Auckland Associate Professor explains how a Marsden grant … Read More

Kids in court: how cross-examination can kill the truth - Infrequently Asked Questions

Lynley Hargreaves May 07, 2014

Dr Rachel Zajac Dr Rachel Zajac works at the intersection of psychology and law. She’s looked at how jurors make their decisions, why eyewitnesses are often mistaken, and why forensic science evidence might not be as reliable as it looks on TV. With clever experiments and careful research, she works to prevent miscarriages of justice. Now she’s focused on … Read More

Periodic Memories - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Dec 30, 2012

Over the last couple of days I’ve been memorising the Periodic Table. No, I’m not going stir-crazy. On the contrary, the summer break is my favourite time of the year as it gives me time to reflect, explore new things and read new books. And one of the books I am reading at the moment is ‘Moonwalking with Einstein – … Read More

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