Posts Tagged: memory

What I’ve Learned About the Weddings I Remembered

In April of 2012, Edith published an essay I’d written, “All the Weddings I Have Ever Been to, as I Remember Them,” about, well, precisely that, here on The Hairpin. I’d written the essay the previous fall as a kind of memory exercise related to the big moments in our lives, specifically, weddings—What did I wear? Who did I bring? What did I give? What happened? —and also as a structural way of thinking about the many weddings we inevitably go to in life and what they mean to us depending on our different life stages and circumstances. When I wrote it, I did have a foggy idea [...]


The Wedding Photographer

"It’s no longer enough to take wedding pictures that show a bride and groom in love — dancing, whispering during dinner, playing with a nephew or niece. These days, wedding pictures are elaborate, photographer-contrived setups that show the newlyweds kissing in a wheat field (as if it were a natural act to go wheat-harvesting on one’s wedding day) or aboard an old-time fire engine."

A wedding photographer checks back in with a few of the 451 couples he's photographed over the past dozen or so years, and although "most … are still married," others are not: "As warning signs go, having one of your mother’s friends — whose husband [...]


Try to Beat My Exceptional Face-Recognition Score (Or Don't, Because You Almost Can't)

BoingBoing just reopened the portal that is 2004's addicting Face Memory Test, and instead of doing something useful with the next 10 minutes, you should try to beat my 97%, which in some schools is considered an A+. (Please just let me have this one thing.)


Eleven Nearly Forgotten Childhood Films

I watched a lot of bargain-bin, poorly dubbed, limited releases as a kid (hey, blame my parents). Now, years later, the details are foggy and only wisps of memory remain. Here are the synopses — as far as I recall — for 11 of these films. They’re not exactly the type of thing you can Google, so any thoughts on what these movies might be would be hugely appreciated. My seven-year-old self thanks you.

1. A killer puts spikes in binoculars: When victims look through them, the spikes stab them in the eyeballs.

2. Two mice head toward Switzerland, looking for the dream job of biting the holes in Swiss cheese.


So You're on the Pill and You See Something Awful

"It's a change in the type of information they remember, not a deficit. What's most exciting about this study is that it shows the use of hormonal contraception alters memory." Women on the pill remember things differently than other women. For instance, if a woman on the pill saw a boy's feet get torn off (?!), she'd remember that part, whereas a woman not on the pill would also remember things like the fire hydrant.

Update: Here's the actual report. (Thanks, cherrispryte!)


Walk Briefly

You don't even have to do anything fancy:

[R]esearchers randomly assigned 120 healthy but sedentary men and women (average age mid-60s) to one of two exercise groups. One group walked around a track three times a week, building up to 40 minutes at a stretch; the other did a variety of less aerobic exercises, including yoga and resistance training with bands.

After a year, brain scans showed that among the walkers, the hippocampus had increased in volume by about 2 percent on average; in the others, it had declined by about 1.4 percent.

Our tiny brains ask for so little. "Please," they whisper. "Shut up," we [...]


The Sleep-Spindle Spinner

"We found that a very common sleep drug can be used to increase verbal memory. … This is the first study to show you can manipulate sleep to improve memory. It suggests sleep drugs could be a powerful tool to tailor sleep to particular memory disorders." —Hm. Ambien may help improve memory, per a study appearing in the Journal of Neuroscience. HM.


You Forget Because You're Happy

If you're ashamed that you forget everything that everyone tells you as well as most of the things that have ever happened to you, it's not because you're sick or stupid, it's because you're in a good mood.

Or maybe it's bec — nope! Nope, no, we don't talk about that.


"Simple Conversation" Your Best Defense Against Memory Loss

Try to talk to people.