How memory works — or doesn’t (6)

Scientists, practitioners don’t see eye to eye on repressed memory

Repressed memories remain a contentious issue. Researchers and practitioners disagree about their existence and whether, if they do exist, they can be accurately retrieved.

How authentic are photographic memories?

Like seeing, remembering  is believing – but it sometimes shouldn’t be.

How many of your memories are fake?

A study of people who remember far more than most of us do, leading to information about why we remember what did not happen. An inherent plea for humility when we write life stories.

Not all memories fade with age

Forgetting where we put our keys does not challenge the brain in the same way as forgetting the name of a friend, and trying to remember who wrote The Scarlet Letter is different again — as is remembering events that did not happen and inaccurately recalling somebody you saw committing a crime.

‘Memory is the highest form of thinking, remember that’: rediscovering a lost art at the UK Open Memory Championships

Memory is important, but some people carry one aspect of it to an extreme. The discussion at the end of this article stirs the can of worms lurking in the argument that there is value in pure memory.

Memory lapse? Just shoot her – if she remembers to ask 

What we remember and how we remember are complex mysteries to most of us, as are what we forget and how we forget. We don’t worry as long as our memory works the way we think it should. But why “should”?

Memories, photographs, and the human brain

A brief but lucid analysis using photography to help explain neuroscience.

How to train your brain to remember anything

If you  think it’s important to remember “stuff,” and if you think remembering stuff will help you understand your life, this article might be for you.

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.

How to remember the past

Memory is not a construct that takes shape when you attempt to recall an event; it begins when the event happens, and it can be more vivid if from the start you are conscious of remembering.