Blog Posts

How do we “rest on purpose”? Let’s start with redefining the relationship between rest and work.

Metal statue of Lady Justice, blindfolded and holding scales up high

The weapon focus effect can help us understand how people remember highly emotional events. Could this change how we think about eyewitness testimony?

Have you ever wanted to train your brain? Neurofeedback has been claimed to aid in the treatment of several disorders and cognitive patterns such ADHD, depression, epilepsy, and others–particularly conditions resistant to treatment.

One characteristic of autism that has been scarcely researched is manifestation differences between biological sexes, with damaging consequences. Moreover, male social rejection is much easier to detect than the more passive female exclusion in the autism population.


Have you ever questioned why some information is recalled better than others? Research has shown that people have a tendency to predict a higher memory and better recall emotional information. Read about the potential mechanisms that could explain the influence of emotion on our beliefs and memory. 

What role does failure play in learning? While students tend to be aversive to failure, it plays a natural and important role in the learning process.


Today we are joined by Dr. Janet Tomiyama from ucla to talk about the issues that prevent dieting success, including stress and stigma.

Today, we are joined by Dr. Jennifer Silvers from UCLA to talk about emotional regulation and early life stress.


Do you learn better by your eye or ear? Research has shown that memory is better for information we learn visually than aurally. Yet, to ensure optimal learning one must consider the use of multisensory integration, or the simultaneous use of both visual and auditory aids.

Have you ever tried to predict the grade you would receive on an exam? If so, how did you do it? The answer is through metacognition. We discuss strategies students can employ to improve metacognitive accuracy and subsequent memory performance.


Did curiosity really kill the cat? The idiom “curiosity killed the cat” warns against the danger and misfortune that one’s curiosity can bring, but it turns out that curiosity is more beneficial than you might think.

Have you ever been in a situation in which you recognize someone but cannot quite recall their name? Or do you have a grandparent who struggles to remember names? We describe evidence-based techniques that could be used to enhance your memory for names.

Suzanna Donato

Why does [insert your name here] feel this way? ‘Distancing’ yourself from the situation when you reflect on negative past events might be an easy way to make you feel better. A recent study demonstrated that distanced self-talk decreased negative feelings about a wide range of memories, and across a variety of people.

Our memories ultimately determine who we are in the present; however, even our shared experiences are subjective, especially because such memories become distorted over time. But why does this happen in the first place?