FAB: a Psychological Trick That Affects Our Memories

brain trick memoryIt is said that the experience and lessons we learn are useful for our future course, but psychologists argue that this applies only if you remember the right things!

New study published in the journal Memory suggests that it is more likely to remember pleasant events of the past and we memorize most negative experiences by giving them a pleasant note.

This phenomenon is called «Fading Affect Bias» (FAB). In simple words, it means that our emotions affect our memories. Continue reading

10 Most Interesting Theories That Explain Why People Dream

dream theories mysteryThere is a branch of science called oneirology which studies dreams. This discipline combines features of neuroscience, psychology, and even literature, but does not provide the answer to an important question: why do people have dreams? There is no clear answer to this puzzle yet, but there are some interesting hypotheses, some of which are presented here.

1. Hidden desires – Sigmund Freud

One of the first few scholars, who began to study dreams, was the founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud. After analyzing dreams of hundreds of his patients, Freud developed a theory which is still supported by some of his followers: dreaming represents suppressed desires and hidden inclinations of people.

According to Freud, while dreaming, people see what they want to achieve, literally or symbolically. For example, if someone had a dream that his mother had died, this does not mean that this person subconsciously wants to kill her, instead, according to the Freudian interpretation, Continue reading

Expanding Your Mind – Learning For Success

expand mind learningWhen learning, it’s important to broaden your horizons as much as possible; this means reading widely, and learning more about subjects that you might not normally be interested in. It also means making use of the many free and inexpensive resources available to you on and offline, as well as changing how you learn; doing so can help you towards a higher degree of employability, and can also set you up for lifelong learning.

Reading More 

Just taking the time to read more every day can make a big difference to your education; try to read the newspaper online, and cover multiple papers to get a different point of view. It’s also possible to broaden your horizons by reading a wide range of different genres, which can be particularly useful if you’re into the habit of reading the same authors. While it’s not a good idea to force yourself to read things you don’t want to, it’s worth sampling as much as you can.  Continue reading

How to Easily Memorize Anything with Cicero Method

mnemonics cicero methodThe essence of the method is that the information should be memorized by units, mentally set in a familiar room in a particular order. Then it is enough to remember this room in order to recall the necessary information. That is exactly what Cicero did in preparation for his performances: he was walking around his house, mentally placing the key points of his speech in it.

Before you begin learning to use this method, you need to decide for yourself in what order you will be moving around the room you have chosen. In other words, you need to determine the sequence of the places where you will be putting your information. You can simply keep it in your head. If this is difficult, then you can try to go around the room in reality like Cicero did, in order to remember the sequence of information units for the first time. Continue reading

10 Tips from a Person Who Knew 17 Languages

language learningKato Lomb, despite holding a chemistry degree, was one of the first simultaneous interpreters in the world and could fluently translate into eight languages, and in general knew and worked with 16. It is amazing that in her time there were no audio CDs with the voices of native speakers, Skype tutors, or language schools… So how did she manage to learn so many languages?

In her best-selling book “How I learn languages”, she revealed ten simple rules for language learning:

1. It is necessary to practice a foreign language every day. It is like the gym: if you want to have impressive muscles, train them regularly! Dedicate at least 10-15 minutes a day to reading or repeating new words and phrases. Continue reading

Top Ten Ways to Enhance Your Memory

enhance memoryDo you know why children easily learn new things? Because they are constantly training their brain. Memory is a very powerful tool, but it becomes weak if it is not used for a long time. What do you do to make your brain stay active and productive?

We offer you 10 ways to improve memory and personal effectiveness.

1. Learn something new

Think on what you would like to learn and start. It may be a new hobby, such as painting or horseback riding. Try yourself in writing a poem or a fairytale. Do something you have never done before, and let your brain actively participate in it. Continue reading

Water can store and transfer information, say scientists

water memoryProfessor Boris Koch of the Institute for Polar Research (Germany) together with a group of other scientists discovered that the water at the molecular level keeps a “memory” of all organic life forms that have existed in it. This discovery was made with the help of a powerful mass spectrometer which can accurately decipher the structure of each molecule.

The scientists found organic molecules in water and managed to determine what living organisms they belong to and for how long they have been in it. Exact atomic structure of each molecule can help identify what species it belonged to. There were many such “traces of life” in the water, so they were called “molecular memory of water”. Continue reading

How the Way We Learn Affects Our Daily Lives

visual, auditory and tactile There are many different learning styles, and every human takes in and processes information differently. But, one thing we may not think about is the fact that our unique learning styles shape everything to do as we go about our daily lives. From making decisions, to remembering information, to taking breaks from work, the way we learn, in many ways, makes us who we are. Continue reading

Whose memory is better: men or women?

male female memoryBritish researchers found that women have more developed memory than men, says The Daily Mail. Perhaps for this reason, ladies never forget anniversaries and things that happened long time ago. 🙂

Researchers from the Cambridge University tested the memory of 4500 people aged 49 to 90 and found that compared with men, women better memorize information. This statement is also true for the younger generations. It was found that primary school girls learn new material faster than their peers.

But till now the scientists are not ready to give exact reasons for this phenomenon. Maybe it has to do with Continue reading

10 interesting facts you didn’t know about the Internet

internetToday everyone uses Internet as a means of communication, studying and entertainment but still there are plenty of amazing facts about the Internet we couldn’t imagine! Here are some of them:

1. The well-known social networking website Facebook (founded by Mark Zuckerberg) now has more than 520 million registered users. If Facebook was a country, it would have taken the third place among the world’s largest countries. Indeed, do you know anybody who does not have an account on Facebook? 🙂 Continue reading