A searchable database of all your memories—creepy? Or a blessing for your shrinking attention span? Either way, Google has scored a patent for just such a device.
Dan Woodliff’s Still is a powerful short film that shows the emotional roller coaster ride that can happen when you look back at your memories with someone you love. It’s a mix of tense feelings, a whole lot of regret, a dash of hopefulness and a bit of happiness. Anyone who’s been on the phone with an ex after a…
It isn’t surprising that many Bostonians have vivid memories of the 2013 Marathon bombing, or that many New Yorkers have very clear memories about where they were and what they were doing on 9/11.
Mine is specific: Laying in my bunkbed at night and hearing the crackling fuzz of the dial-up as my parents connected our brand-new internet in their office across the hall.
Badly, perhaps. But even if you struggle to recall information on a daily basis, all our brains are wired in much the same way—and it requires quite a few steps to remember anything at all.
For the first time in history, scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have captured how our brain makes memories in video, watching how molecules morph into the structures that, at the end of the day, make who we are. If there's a soul, this how it gets made.
Last month was spent in a state of upheaval. After seven years in New York I was heading back to the opposite coast, which had led me to go though the hundreds of pounds of accumulated junk one accidentally collects in boxes over the years.
We all use computers every day, but at some moment in each of our lives, there was that first meeting. A first interface, if you will. You might not remember the real first time you used a computer, but there's got to be one shining gem of nostalgia that sticks out in your mind. What is it? When you look back on it…
Researchers at Stanford claim they've figured out how to erase the traumatic memories of mice while they sleep bringing them one step closer to their goal of ending PTSD for humans. Apparently a prescription memory-eraser could even be on the way. Are we closer to an Eternal Sunshine moment than we think?
I find this extremely hard to believe, but according to new research published in Nature Neuroscience, scientists have invented a method to induce memories in brains for the first time in history.
When we have a positive experience—a great meal, say, or a wonderfully romantic encounter—it's natural to want to talk about it. But a new study suggests that word-of-mouth stories blunt our feelings about experiences. In other words, telling people about your best kiss or favorite restaurant will make it feel less…
I used to have a waterproof yellow Sony Sports Walkman. This one. I got it in the 8th grade. It was my favorite thing ever. When I think of it, I think of summer. I think of being young.
There are a lot of photo blogs out there dedicated to collecting vintage photos, but I like the spin that relative newcomer Dear Photograph puts on the formula. It's not the first time this has been done, sure, but the quality of the submissions is uniformly excellent, and the effect—especially in the photos that show…
Don't you just love how much Pandora knows about you and your taste in music, and the terrible memories from your past it conjures up based on a magical algorithm? So does McSweeney's Sarah Rosenshine.
If you view your Facebook status updates, wall posts and pictures as precious memories, you have a problem (besides the obvious mental one): How do you keep them from disappearing into Facebook's overwhelming data-maw? Enter Ninuku Archivist.
Memory is a fickle thing. As far as my brain is concerned, I didn't exist before age three. Remembering four or five is easier, but there are holes. Thankfully, all it takes are some voyeuristic navigation tools to fill them.
The Salman Rushdie archive on display at Emory, with its handwritten journals and 18GB scattered across four Apple computers, is unlike any other—you can log in to a computer, search his folders, scan his Stickies, run his apps.
A team of researchers experimented with fruit flies and found that by genetically engineering some flies, they were able to give those flies the "memory" of pain that they never actually experienced. It's kind of complicated and kind of creepy.
This past Saturday, a brave group of Giz readers braved 90 degree heat followed by raging thunderstorms to hang out in Coney Island, drink some beers and watch some totally inept minor league baseball. It was awesome.
Researchers have created a drug that wipes out a single, specific memory in rats. They trained the rats to be scared of a specific tone, as they always got shocked when they heard it, but after given the drug they ceased to be afraid of the sound.