How to master your memory


Rather than a filing cabinet in the mind, it turns out memory is an exquisite illusion that shapes our sense of self. Here’s how to understand yours better

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Why can’t we remember being babies? Does closing your eyes help you recall? Why can’t I remember what I did 5 seconds ago? What is photographic memory? And more

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Remembering the past is useful, but the real purposes of memory may be quite different – from planning for the future to learning to communicate

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Want to remember whatever you like with no effort? Superhuman enhancements in the form of memory prostheses and implants are just around the corner

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As you slumber, the brain is a whir of activity sorting and storing your memories. How does it know which to choose, and how can you game the system?

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If you want to forget an embarrassing encounter, you may just need to try. Forgetting isn’t a passive process – so here’s how to choose which memories you lose

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Psychologist Elizabeth Loftus exposed false memories in historic sex abuse cases. Now there are new reasons not to trust your memories, she says

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From search engines to Instagram and a reliance on satnav, our relationship with technology is changing the way the brain makes memories, for better and worse

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Why do some people remember what they did years ago, whereas others have no clue, but never forget a face or are trivia masters? Here’s how to make sense of it

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Memories fade, but that’s no accident. Forgetting is a useful trick of the mind, and even when memories are lost, they aren’t always forgotten

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We each have a personal memory style determined by the brain, so next time you argue with someone about what really happened, remember that you may both be right

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