Why do I forget jobs I have completed? Bluma Zeigarnik, the Zeigarnik Effect and Memories from the Great Terror

‘What did you do at work today?’ ‘Lots – very busy indeed – lots happening…’ ‘But what did you do?’ ‘Err… hold on – I need to check my diary, emails and to do list…. but I was very busy’ [voice trails away, while wondering if there is some strange incipient amnesia on the way] Why… Read More

Prolonged rote learning produces delayed memory facilitation and metabolic changes in the hippocampus of the ageing human brain.

Take-home message: repeated practice with material that must be remembered facilitates remembering in an aged population in whom there is expected to be a degree of age-related memory loss. This practice produces changes in the brain in structures that support learning and memory. Think of it like this: memory can be exercised via practice, much… Read More