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Let’s Begin… It’s 4am, and the big test is in 8 hours. You’ve been studying for days, but you still don’t feel ready. Should you drink another cup of coffee and spend the next few hours cramming? Or should you go to sleep? Shai Marcu defends the latter option, showing how sleep restructures... read more about The benefits of a good night's sleep »
We forget about 50% of new material within 24 hours. The figure below illustrates how quickly we forget the majority of new material encountered. So how can you remember? Below, you will find strategies for increasing memory retention, and... read more about Memory & Review »
How does short-term memory work in relation to long-term memory? Are short-term daily memories somehow transferred to long-term storage while we sleep?
How sleep impacts memory consolidation. read more about How does short-term memory work in relation to long-term memory? Are short-term daily memories somehow transferred to long-term storage while we sleep? »
When I (or any cognitive psychologist) refer to “short-term memory”, we’re talking about memory that lasts for 15-30 seconds. Not minutes, not a day, not a few weeks. Just 15-30 seconds. This differs quite drastically from the way people commonly use the term “short-term memory”. Have you... read more about How long is short-term memory? Shorter than you might think. »
This nightmare might sound familiar to you: You walk into an exam. You sit down. You stare at the sheets of paper in front of you as you listen to people scribble answers to questions that you yourself have no idea how to answer. You can... read more about How Extended Time on Tests Helped Improve More Than Just Test Scores »
E-readers and tablets are becoming more popular as such technologies improve, but research suggests that reading on paper still boasts unique advantages. read more about The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens »