memory

Study Shows How Our Brains Replay Recent Experiences During Sleep

Study Shows How Our Brains Replay Recent Experiences During Sleep

While we sleep, our brains are busy organising fresh memories into long-term storage—or at least, that’s the theory. Intriguing new research is bolstering this assertion, with evidence that our brains replay the day’s experiences during sleep, in what is an integral part of the memory-storage process.

A New False Memory Study Suggests People Can’t Tell What’s Real

A New False Memory Study Suggests People Can’t Tell What’s Real

A new study is the latest to show how indistinguishable false memories are from real ones. People who watched someone else recount a supposed recollection were unable to tell whether the memory was false with any better accuracy than chance, the study found. Moreover, in many cases the people describing their…

Can You Forget Things On Purpose?

Can You Forget Things On Purpose?

Memory’s ungovernable, a ceaseless shaming pain: you’re either scrambling to retrieve it (rooting around for keys, or the name of some acquaintance) or you’re scrambling away from it, wishing it wouldn’t toss up, for the seven hundredth time, this or that miserable incident (deaths, bad dates, awkward elevator talk, trauma…