A long-overlooked brain region may be key to complex thought The ornately folded outer layer of the human brain, the cerebral cortex, has long received nearly all the credit for our ability to perform complex cognitive tasks such as composing … Continue reading The secrets of thalamus
Resolving “He said/She said” – Researchers outline a method for verifying the accuracy of eye-witness memories One eyewitness to a robbery reports that the culprit was a male in his 40s with brown hair, wearing a light-coloured T-shirt. Another describes … Continue reading Trust and witnesses
How Reliable Are the Memories of Sexual Assault Victims? Editorial note: If Jim Hopper had been permitted to provide his expert testimony at the September 27, 2018 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation, these would have been his … Continue reading What our brain encodes
Amsterdam coffee-shop study explores the effects of cannabis on eye-witness memory The fallibility of eye-witness memory has been well-documented by psychologists, including how alcohol intoxication undermines witness accuracy still further. In fact, psychological research into the foibles of human memory … Continue reading Trust your memory?
There Is No Such Thing as Unconscious Thought The great French mathematician and physicist Henri Poincaré (1854–1912) took a particular interest in the origins of his own astonishing creativity. His achievements were impressive: His work profoundly reshaped mathematics and physics—including … Continue reading Flashes of suspicion
Business Meets Emotion Through Memory “There’s no WAY I did or said any of those things,” I interrupted my sister. She had been calmly telling me about something horrible I’d done to her, growing up. She had no reason to … Continue reading Shaping emotions
What counts as “memory” and who gets to define it? A new paper by Bédécarrats et al. (2018) is the latest entry into the iconoclastic hullabaloo claiming a non-synaptic basis for learning and memory. In short, “RNA extracted from the … Continue reading Where memory comes from