How Ignoring Stuff Makes You Smarter

We've all accused somebody of selective hearing before, or have been accused of the same. We probably thought at the time that this potential manifestation of selective attention was an impediment. But neuroscientific studies of working memory are revealing the opposite. Working memory is like the brain's dashboard--it's where the brain stores things before determining whether they will be committed to long term memory. For a long time now, it's been generally accepted that working memory can store about…

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Can Adults Grow More Neurons?

The short answer is "yes," through a process called neurogenesis. Unsurprisingly, one of the primary areas for neuron growth is the portion of the brain called the hippocampus, which is responsible for memory and learning. Neuroscientists estimate that we generate approximately 700 neurons there a day, and that by middle-age, we've replaced all of the hippocampic neurons we were born with with new ones. Now for the elephant in the room regarding neurogenesis: can we control it? Again,…

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Tech Use Up, Memory Capacity Down: Techniques to Counteract it

Remember the days before smart phones where we actually memorized dozens of phone numbers? We don't really do that anymore, and it could be directly linked to why more of us are routinely forgetting where we put our keys or where we parked our car. Science shows us that technological conveniences like smart phones and GPS are making our memories worse. However, you can improve your memory with techniques as simple as doodling. Read on for more…

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Become a Memory Grand Master

Ever struggle with names?  In this Wednesday Wisdom, renowned science journalist Joshua Foer discusses how mental athletes train their memories to perform unbelievable feats of memory: memorizing poems in a minute, shuffled packs of cards in two minutes and 1000 random digits in an hour.  The bottom line: it comes down to training, not talent.  Check out the video here.

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Wednesday Wisdom

What is it like to have a photographic (eidetic) memory? This question was recently asked on Quora and saw a lot of responses from people who wanted to share their experiences with eidetic memory, both the good and the bad. The theme throughout the answers was that having an eidetic memory, or even just a better-than-average memory, can be a huge blessing, but it can also be a burdensome curse. One respondent even began his description with a…

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