Re-Reading the Same Story

Over at┬áRelief, my friend Ross Gale writes about re-reading the past, and writing a different future: A recently divorced friend told me how he and his ex-wife have different stories about how they met. His version is that he approached her at a party. Her version is that she introduced herself in a class. They [Read More…]

Is Google Weakening Your Memory? Or Enhancing Your Curiosity? Or Both?

In yesterday’s post, I began commenting on a new book: iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession with Technology and Overcoming Its Hold on Us, by Larry Rosen. Rosen, a professor of psychology, approaches the impact of technology on our lives in light of psychological and brain research. He is mainly concerned with the relationship between digital technology [Read More…]

The Power of Smell to Stir Up Memories

Scientific studies have shown that smell has unusual power to stir up memories. Most of us can vouch for that fact from our own experience. You smell old books and remember your grandfather’s den. You smell roses and remember the garden of the house you grew up in. And so forth and so on. Today, [Read More…]

Living Well: A Memory Tonic for the Aging Brain

Do you find yourself forgetting things that you should remember? Are you wishing that you could somehow improve your memory? Gretchen Reynolds of the New York Times has a suggestion. In “A Memory Tonic for the Aging Brain,” she reports that physical exercise has a positive effect on memory. The article begins by chronicling what [Read More…]