The gateway to memory

Psychologists have known for many years that memories are primarily stored in the cerebral cortex of the brain, and that a ‘control centre’ buried deep in the brain, is involved in both creating memories and retrieving them from their store in the cerebral cortex: made up of the hippocampus and the entorhinal cortex. In November […]

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Just forget it

Our new draft AQA A Level psychology spec includes Explanations for forgetting in the Memory topic, which means we’ve decided to make a note of this recent research on forgetting (as reported in the BPS Research Digest ) before it slips our mind. In the first part of this research, conducted at Regensburg University, Germany, participants were presented […]

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Brain geography

The February edition of National Geographic has an excellent article on how new technologies are revealing more about the structure of the brain, including a technique for making brains transparent which neuroscientists have described as ‘pretty badass’. Another study, at UCLA, used electrodes implanted directly into brain tissue  to study how the brain processes what […]

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Loftus and EWT

In this TED talk video (from June 2013), Elizabeth Loftus talks about her work on eye witness testimony, including both her classic study with Palmer (1974) and more recent work, including a fascinating study involving false memories in highly stressful interrogation training. This video also includes Loftus discussing her response to media controversies arising from […]

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Shocking boost to working memory?

A study from Oxford University has shown that applying a weak electrical signal to the scalp can boost mental arithmetic abilities for up to six months. Volunteers who received the stimulation for just 20 minutes a day for five days saw their ability to solve calculations improve by 28 per cent. The brain stimulation technique, […]

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