from the urls-we-dig-up dept
There’s a lot we still don’t know about how our own brains work. Our minds are sufficiently complex that the only practical way to begin studying how they work is to categorize the different processes and try to look at how those individual parts operate. How the brain stores memories is a fascinating field — that’s just starting to yield some real scientific knowledge. Here are just a few tidbits on remembering things.
- Older brains don’t remember stuff as well as younger brains because the pathways leading to the hippocampus degrade over time. Now we just need to figure out how to rejuvenate those connections — or grow completely new ones. [url]
- The “doorway effect” is a fairly common phenomenon in which you walk into another room and then realize you’ve forgotten why you’re there. The effect works in virtual environments as well as in real life, but don’t blame the doorway — it’s more likely that your brain is pre-programmed to purge your working memory after a triggering event. [url]
- Connecting our brains to computers could, if done right, extend our memories and computational abilities. Some predictions say it’ll happen in about 100 years, or maybe sometime in 2100. [url]
- To discover more interesting articles on the human mind, check out what’s currently floating around the StumbleUpon universe. [url]
By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.