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

7 Reasons to Get More Music in Your Life

music benefits

The beneficial functions of music are not limited only to the level of fun. Read how else it can do good for you.

Music does not need translation and it is addressed to all the people worldwide. It brings us pleasure, relaxes us, makes us dance, laugh and cry. However, the beneficial features of music are not limited only to the level of having fun.

Here are seven reasons – some of which we could not even imagine – showing us how important the music is and how it improves the quality of our lives. Continue reading

Biological Memory: Fears Can Be Passed Down to Future Generations

biological memory fearFear can be transferred from parents to children and grandchildren, claim U.S. researchers in their article published in the journal Nature Neuroscience.

A scientific group of the Department of Psychiatry, Emory University in Atlanta, led by Dr. Brian Dias, conducted experiments on mice and found that a traumatic event can leave an imprint in the DNA of sperm, which in turn can transfer phobia and thus affect the brain structure and behavior of future generations even if they have not experienced the same painful event. Continue reading

Scientists Reveal Why Early Childhood Memories Fade Away

childhood amnesiaIt is known that most adults do not have any memories of the early years of their life. New psychological study tries to answer the question: at what age and why the memory of early childhood begins to fade and then disappears.

Scientists have found that childhood amnesia – this is how this phenomenon is called – starts at the age of about seven years. Three year old kids remember the events that happened a year earlier, which are stored in their memory till the age of 5-6 years, but from the age of seven, the past begins to blur. Continue reading

Déjà vu: the Games of Subconscious Mind

subconscious-mindDeja vu is not an illusion, it is something that you have already experienced in your unconscious fantasies. Believe if you will, or do not believe it. This was already mentioned a hundred years ago by the “great and terrible” Freud, and many subsequent studies have only confirmed his hypothesis.

The phenomenon called deja vu is the feeling of something “already experienced” and, according to Freud, is remembrance of an unconscious fantasy. And since this fantasy is never conscious, during a deja vu moment it is impossible to “recall” something that seems to have already been already perceived.

These strange dreams

We begin with a bit of explanation. Along with the conscious fantasies, unconscious fantasies can exist, they are simply called daydreaming. Commonly, they express Continue reading

DNA Memory Exists and Keeps Our Ancestors’ Experiences

dna ancestors memoryGood or bad experience gained by the father will be inherited by his children and even grandchildren. For example, if a man drowned, it is likely that his son will be afraid of water. And the son of his son too. If he died from fire, some members of the future generations of his family will be afraid of fire. Similarly, the subsequent generations may inherit even love to certain products and activities.

In other words, the offspring can inherit experience acquired by previous generations. In fact, they inherit the memory of those or other events. Nonsense? Not at all. The fact that such a phenomenon exists was proven by biologists of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University. Continue reading

Science Behind the Mystery of Déjà Vu

deja vu scienceIt’s happened to everyone. This is a phenomenal sense of familiarity that arises when we are in a new situation.

James Lampinen, professor of psychology from the University of Arkansas, explains that déjà vu is a global phenomenon that makes us believe that we relive something that is actually happening for the first time. This experience can trigger confusion and anxiety and is often accompanied by a sense of removal from reality.

Sigmund Freud, the “father of psychoanalysis”, argued that déjà vu is the result of an unconscious Continue reading

5 Amazing Facts about Human Brain and Memory

brain memory facts1. You cannot tickle yourself.

Examining the patient who is afraid of tickling, doctors usually try to have his or her hands over their own to prevent such feelings. This happens because your brain keeps your senses focused on the important things, such as signals from the outside world, which should not sink into the bottomless sea of sensations caused by your own actions. For this purpose, there is a part of the brain that generates a signal that distinguishes our own touch from someone else’s. It occupies about 1/8 of the total brain size and weighs about 4 ounces (113g). Continue reading

3 Techniques to Control Your Dreams

lucid dreaming techniquesHere is a list of techniques that will help you control your dreams. However, don’t expect immediate results because even if you train hard (several times a week), most probably lucid dreams will start coming a few weeks or even months later. After all, even the most experienced oneironauts (those who can control their dreams) rarely see more than 15 lucid dreams in a month.

If you are one of the few lucky ones who can remember their dreams in detail, consider that the first step to lucid dreaming is done. What if you have almost no memories? Well, then you will have to do heavy duty workouts. Every time just after waking up, write down in a special notebook what you have seen in a dream. In the beginning, it will be random moments and objects, but even the smallest details are important. In time, you will remember whole episodes, and then – whole dreams. Continue reading

Déjà vu: Why Do We Have Memories Coming from Nowhere?

deja vuDeja vu is a very strange and in some cases even unsettling sensation that always causes some confusion. A certain sound, place, or sentence said by someone is perceived as something familiar and makes it feel like if we had previously found ourselves in this situation.

The first visit to a store which made you think that you have already been there once, or the painfully familiar face of a person you see for the first time are all symptoms of deja vu.

The French term déjà vu can be translated as “already seen.” However, even if we are insistently trying to recall exactly when we saw it, it is impossible. Deja vu is linked to several concepts: Continue reading