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
The Dope on Dopamine For the past several decades scientists have been investigating possible connections between ADHD and one of the main chemical messengers in the brain, dopamine. Scientists noticed that medications that work for ADHD all lead to increases … Continue reading Dopamine signaling
Do Our Brains Use Deep Learning to Make Sense of the World? The first time Dr. Blake Richards heard about deep learning, he was convinced that he wasn’t just looking at a technique that would revolutionize artificial intelligence. He also … Continue reading The blame game
How Stable Is the Personal Past? Have you ever wondered what your life story would look like if you told it several times, at different moments in your life? Which life events would you keep in or leave out? And … Continue reading Narrative identity