Unpleasant smells make for more powerful memories, a new study finds

Breathe in deep!

Taking short breaks to reinforce memories is key to learning new skills or re-learning old ones

The secret to success is to take a short break, often.

The hippocampus is the curator of our memories, new study suggests

The brain has an auto-complete feature for your memories. The hippocampus handles it.

Researchers identify clump of neurons that block, or allow, frightful memories into our minds

Fear is the mind killer.

A new study estimates English only takes about 1.5 megabytes of your brainspace

That’s about the same size as…. 3 high-resolution memes or one-tenth of a second of video in 1080p.

Forgetting takes more effort than remembering

You can intentionally forget memories but it does take some work.

The brain replays memories as you sleep to make sure you don’t lose them

This is something worth remembering.
So, maybe, sleep on it a bit?

People can recognize an average of 5,000 faces, a new study reports

Some more, some less.

Value Your Memory? These 3 Nutrients Will Keep It Strong

They might not look delicious, but these brain foods will keep your memory sharp.

Stress ruins memory, but you can outrun this effect

Stress and memory don’t mix very well.

Brain “ripples” experience into memories when you sleep, study shows

Sleep seems to be a keystone of memory formation and retention.

Meaning is better than repetition when you’re trying to memorize

Try it for finals.

People with good memory get bored faster

The reason is pretty simple.

New method developed to encode huge quantity of data in diamonds

Data is a girl’s best friend.

Experts are more likely to form false memories about events in their field

The more you know about a topic, the more likely you are are to remember things that never were there.

Scientists may have witnessed how memories form in real time — a first

A new study offers insight into how neurons work together to make us remember stuff.

Relying too much on the Internet for fact finding could hurt your brain

Just like anything else, it needs constant exercise to stay in shape.

Getting blackout drunk: how alcohol can leave you with no memory of the night before

Blacking out from alcohol is a bit more complicated than you might think.

Got an exam coming up? Better start sketching

A new study found that drawing information you need to remember is a very efficient way to enhance your memory. The researchers believe that the act of drawing helps create a more cohesive memory as it integrates visual, motor and semantic information. “We pitted drawing against a number of other known encoding strategies, but drawing always came out on top,”

IBM ups storage for next-gen memories hundreds of times faster than your SSD

A team from IBM Research dramatically increased the storage capacity of an alternative memory structure called phase-change memory (PCM) to 3 bits of data per cell. Many specialists think that PCM is the future, in a way similar to how flash is replacing hard drives.