Memory

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No man is an island: we act together, think together and even remember together. Elderly couples have interconnected memory systems, working together to deftly remember their shared past.

New research discussed on our Research Digest blog suggests that platonic friends see themselves similarly.

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Psychology research has shown that men and women usually remember things differentely. For instance women on average are better at recalling emotional and social stimuli, whereas men are better at remembering episodes of voilence and recognising artifical objects such as cars.

A study in Applied Cognitive Psychology has added to this literature by testing whether men and women differ in how much they remember of clips from rom-com movies and action films.

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Why is our youth, from adolescence to early adulthood, so ripe with memories compared with other times in life?

Research has firmly established this "reminiscence bump", with various explanatory theories: it contains many unforgettable first times; the young mind is sharper; and we reflect on these early events to reinforce our sense of identity.

The trouble is, it’s tricky to disentangle the role played by these different factors because they all co-occur in youth.

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Professor Alan Baddeley is to receive the 2016 Major Advancement in Psychological Science Prize from the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS).

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During the 1990s, groundbreaking work by psychologists demonstrated that human memory is flexible and vulnerable and that it’s very easy for people to experience “false memories” that feel real, but which are actually a fiction. 

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Discussions of visual art as a method to advance observation, critical thinking and communication skills.

Timetable

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Two British Psychological Society members feature in a new Louis Theroux documentary for BBC Two on Sunday about brain injury, which will show how people and their families come to terms with this life-changing condition.

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The last surviving combatants of WW1 have passed away, but family memories of them and their experiences live on. Now a University of Huddersfield web-based project means those memories can be shared and preserved. They will also be a rich resource for researchers in a wide range of disciplines.

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Peppermint tea can improve long-term and working memory in healthy adults.

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The aroma of rosemary essential oil may improve ability of people over 65 to remember events and to remember to complete tasks at particular times in the future.  

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How systematically practicing recovering memories can help alleviate symptoms of depression is one of the topics featured in a new series of BPS audio interviews with prominent psychologists.

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Researchers from the University of Liverpool have published a study in a BPS Journal highlighting the effectiveness of using positive memories and images to help generate positive emotions.

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If you've got some revision to do, get yourself a sketch pad and start drawing out the words or concepts that you want to remember.

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The British Psychological Society is pleased to be the major sponsor of the  Making the Case for the Social Sciences report on dementia that was launched this week at a House of Commons seminar.

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Monday 5th September 2016 at BPS Offices, Tabernacle Street, London

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Memory researchers have found that women elaborate more than men when talking about their autobiographical memories, going into more detail, mentioning more emotions and providing more interpretation.

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One thing anxiety does is to upset your brain's balance between focus and vigilance. Your control over what you pay attention to is sacrificed at the expense of worrisome thoughts and a rapid response to any potential danger.

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Unfortunately this workshop is now cancelled. 

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This workshop covers essential aspects of diagnosis and assessment of psychological trauma.

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PACT helps couples move towards secure functioning by integrating early attachment theory, arousal regulation and neuroscience into intervention.

A Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT) is a new and innovative approach to cou

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Our memory abilities begin to diminish in some respects as early as our twenties. But the picture isn't entirely bleak.

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The internet has changed the way we do many things. Tasks that little over a decade ago would have involved dozens of phone calls or a trip to the library, can now be completed in a heartbeat.

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Mindfulness is a form of meditation that encourages self-awareness by focusing attention on one's thoughts and sensations in a non-judgemental way.

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A video of the annual joint British Psychological Society/British Academy lecture 'Keeping a spotless mind: The neuroscience of motivated forgetting' is now available online.

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How our brains forget irrelevant information and how this helps protect our mental health will be explored in the British Psychological Society and British Academy free annual joint lecture happening today in London.

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