Remembering Music and Forgetting Everything Else?

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Description: Quick! Which of these is easier to remember: a song you heard last week and really liked or what you had for lunch last Tuesday? Unless the lunch was particularly good or unique or special it is most likely you would remember the song and if you think about it you agree with that… Read more »

Aging and Fake News: A Big Deal?

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Attitude Formation Change, Basic Cognitive Functions In Aging: Information Processing Attention Memory, Higher-Order Cognitive Functions in Aging, Persuasion, Social Psychology, Social Psychology.

Description: Who is most susceptible to fake news? Children? Young adults? Middle aged adults? The elderly?  Let’s leave children out of the question for now as their fake news exposures and uptakes are, at least to some extent, their parents’ concern. What about the elderly? ON the one hand they have less access to the… Read more »

A Soon Post-COVID (Small, Thin) Silver Lining?

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Description: OK, I realize deeply and fully that we are most definitely NOT even close to being ready to consider even the thinnest of possible silver linings to the COVID debacle. So, just put that aside for now (I will hint at it very cautiously at the end of the second section below) and let’s… Read more »

How Might You Test for Wisdom?

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Description: Are you wise (not as in wise guy but as in wise like an owl)? What does wisdom involve? What sorts of things, if you observed them in the behavior of, or otherwise applying to, a particular person would lead you towards thinking that they were a wise person? Now think of this as… Read more »

When or How Might Mis-remembering be Good?

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Description: Imagine you are chatting with one of your grandparents about a trip you took with them last summer and you are reminiscing about a stop you made at a bakery, and they are saying they still remember the taste of the peanut butter cookie they had while you were there. In thinking about that… Read more »

Reactivating Stem Cells: Possbile Key to Treating Neurodegenerative Disorders

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Description: When I first started teaching introductory psychology a few decades ago I used to tell students that they had most of the largest number of brain neurons they would ever have at the time they were born. After their birth the number of brain cells dropped due to things like attrition and pruning (neurons… Read more »

This is Your Brain on Lonely

Posted by & filed under Clinical Neuropsychology, General Psychology, Health and Prevention In Aging, Higher-Order Cognitive Functions in Aging, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Neuroscience, Social Perception, Social Psychology, The Self.

Description: Being lonely is not an enjoyable experience and in many ways that I suspect you are aware of or could guess at, it is not good for you either. But how does prolonged loneliness effect your brain and why might it be useful and important to know how loneliness impacts people’s brains? Think about… Read more »

Pattern Separation and Human versus Animal Intelligence

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Description: What do you know about how memory works? You likely have a basic understanding of how information comes in through or senses (via a very short term sensory store), pauses in working memory (if we work on it) and perhaps eventually gets processed into long term memory. Does that take you bac to a… Read more »