This web site focuses on three main categories: memory, story telling, and memoir. It is also broken down into about thirty sub-topics, such as forgetting, fake memoirs, the aging brain, and writing about real people.
The links in this section deal generally with memory but do not fit into any of the sub-categories.
Pieces of light: The new science of memory, by Charles Fernyhough – review
A glimpse at a far-ranging, interdisciplinary examination of various aspects of memory. The reviewer suggests that the book will be most useful for those looking deeply at the subject for the first time.
What’s the value of nostalgia? What (and how) are you remembering these days?
An article about a condition that infects us all from time to time, plus some resources for examining it.
Old or new memories can bias future actions
A tantalizing study of how memories may affect other memories as well as how we see the world and everything that follows from that altered perception.
Imagination and memory
An interesting ramble that would have been more useful if there were only one kind of memory. Because there are many, this is just armchair science. Readers might feel themselves wanting to say “Well, yes, but no” to almost every observation here.
Colonoscopies clarify inner workings of minds
Regardless of the title, it doesn’t take guts to read this article. And the links will lead you to some truths about remembering that you really should know.
Minn. Supreme Court rejects ‘repressed memory’ junk science against priest, media yawns
An article worth reading almost as much for what it reveals about media bias (including that of the writer of this piece) as about the state of scientific knowledge about how memories are formed and stored.
Memory research sheds new light on depression
Three studies examine (1) the relationship between selective memory and mental health, (2) how sociocultural events influence what we remember, and (3) the factors that influence memory decay.
The rehabilitation of an old emotion: A new science of nostalgia
It’s okay to visit the past, even to dive into it, but there’s a danger in living there. Nostalgia can become a clinical condition. (Reminds me of somebody’s response to hearing that an acquaintance was a doctor of philosophy: “So philosophy’s a disease now?”)
‘Great whales’ production explores meaning of memory
A stage production inspired by “Moby-Dick,” which compares the modern mythos of memory to the way the nineteenth century saw whales. A serious look at what happens when memory is submerged.
The value of remembering ordinary moments
We sometimes mistakenly believe that extraordinary events will have the greatest impression on us. When we think back, we often find ordinary moments standing out in our minds instead.