kevan + memory   40

Why We Forget Most of the Books We Read - The Atlantic
"Horvath and his colleagues at the University of Melbourne found that those who binge-watched TV shows forgot the content of them much more quickly than people who watched one episode a week."
memory  television  books  via:lmg 
march 2018 by kevan
Inside the brain of the man who would be 'Blindfold King' of chess | Science | The Guardian
"In 1947, the Argentinian grandmaster Miguel Najdorf played 45 simultaneous games in his mind. He won 39 times in the 24-hour session and was reportedly unable to sleep for three days afterwards."
chess  memory  brains 
november 2016 by kevan
London Police ‘Super Recognizer’ Walks Beat With a Facebook of the Mind - The New York Times
"Facial recognition software managed to identify one suspect of the 4,000 captured by security cameras during the London riots. Constable Collins identified 180."
faces  memory  surveillance  police 
october 2015 by kevan
The Canonical List of TWL2 Anamonics
"If we can remember the phrase 'RELAXING BY HIS CELL DOOR' for the stem 'INMATE', we will never waste time trying to find a seven-letter word in 'AEIMNTU' ('INMATE'+'U'), because there are no 'U's in that phrase."
games  scrabble  words  memory 
october 2014 by kevan
The Rise and Fall of the Indian Rope Trick (pdf)
"When we measured the relationship between the amount of time between seeing and recalling the trick, and how impressive the trick sounded, the result was a significant positive correlation."
magic  illusions  memory 
march 2014 by kevan
BBC News - Eating popcorn 'disrupts advertising'
"Researchers found that viewers remember brands by simulating the pronunciation of a new name with their mouths. But this "inner speech" can be disturbed by chewing, rendering adverts redundant."
food  advertising  memory  via:newsmary 
october 2013 by kevan
BBC Comedy Blog: No More Women
Botticelli-style game from Mark Watson and Tim Key. "The first player has to name a celebrity, e.g. 'John Prescott', then a category which they fall into and must subsequently be avoided - e.g. 'No More Politicians'. [...] As more and more categories are added it gets harder, and eventually impossible, to name anyone new."
games  memory 
december 2009 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Health | Doodling 'may help memory recall'
"A simple task, like doodling, may be sufficient to stop daydreaming without affecting performance on the main task."
art  memory  paper 
february 2009 by kevan
Video game conditioning spills over into real life - life - 27 January 2009 - New Scientist
"Volunteers who played a simple cycling game learned to favour one team's jersey and avoid another's. Days later, most subjects subconsciously avoided the same jersey in a real-world test."
games  brains  memory 
january 2009 by kevan
How the city hurts your brain -
"People who had walked through the city were in a worse mood and scored significantly lower on a test of attention and working memory. [But crowded streets] also correlate with measures of innovation, as strangers interact with one another in unpredictable ways."
cities  brains  emergence  society  memory  via:jones 
january 2009 by kevan
‘Tetris’ may help reduce flashbacks to traumatic events - University of Oxford
"Tetris may work by competing for the brain’s resources for sensory information. We suggest it specifically interferes with the way sensory memories are laid down in the period after trauma and thus reduces the number of flashbacks that are experienced afterwards."
games  memory  brains 
january 2009 by kevan
Scientists discover way to reverse loss of memory - Science, News -
"Electrodes were pushed into the man's brain and stimulated with an electric current. Instead of losing appetite, the patient instead had an intense experience of déjà vu. He recalled, in intricate detail, a scene from 30 years earlier."
memory  brains  science  electricity  dubious 
january 2008 by kevan
Clive Thompson on How the Next Victim of Climate Change Will Be Our Minds
"They're suffering symptoms eerily similar to those of indigenous populations that are forcibly removed from their traditional homelands. It's [that] the familiar markers of their area, the physical and sensory signals that define home, are vanishing."
memory  nostalgia  psychology  depression  australia  society  plants  pollution 
january 2008 by kevan
Wings Of Desire (1987)
A strong and loosely-painted mythology of benevolently bored immortals pacing around Berlin before the wall fell, taking notes. But the good, mundane dialogue gets drowned out by bad, self-conscious poetry, and the love interest is mystifyingly shallow.
filmlog  4stars  secrets  germany  society  love  memory 
december 2007 by kevan
The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)
Fast-paced coincidence-driven amnesiac-assassin action nonsense. Fun for running straight through a lot of tropes and cliches, and dropping them completely before they can get boring, as if they'd just forgotten about them.
filmlog  2stars  memory  terrorism  secrets  delusions 
october 2007 by kevan
This Is Your Life (and How You Tell It) - New York Times
"By contrast, so-called generative adults [tend] to see many of the events in their life in the reverse order, as linked by themes of redemption. [...] In broad outline, the researchers report, such tales express distinctly American cultural narratives."
psychology  memory  via:josh 
june 2007 by kevan - Wipe out a single memory
"The process of re-arousing the rats' memory of being shocked with the one tone while they were drugged had wiped out that memory completely, while leaving their memory of the second tone intact."
science  brains  rodents  memory  via:joh 
march 2007 by kevan
Number9dream - David Mitchell
A mix of Murakami staples and Japanese cliches, but brought together with attention-deficit enthusiasm, the narrator veering off into memory and daydream and fiction, Mitchell playing with random styles as skillfully as he did in Cloud Atlas.
booklog  japan  dreams  memory  delusions  cities  crime  secrets 
december 2006 by kevan
Seed: Who Wants to Be a Cognitive Neuroscientist Millionaire?
Mind-hacking it. "I knew that I could employ the most basic of priming tactics: talking about the question, posing scenarios, throwing out wild speculations, even just babbling [to] trigger the buried neocortical circuits holding the key to the answer."
brains  memory  science  television  money  via:mindhacks 
november 2006 by kevan
Who Am I? (1999)
A simple amnesia premise makes Chan even more exasperated and apologetic than usual in his fight scenes, which is great, but the rest is just swathes of dull and arbitrary bad-guy running-about filler.
filmlog  1star  memory  secrets 
october 2006 by kevan
Mind Performance Hacks - Ron Hale-Evans
A great collection of tricks and contexts for generating and keeping track of ideas, improving short and long term memory, and maintaining general rational-positive-thinking mental health. Inspiring.
booklog  brains  psychology  memory  dreams  hacking 
september 2006 by kevan
VisualIDs: Scenery for Data Worlds
Autogenerating random, unique icons for files, so that the user can use visual memory to find them again. "People actually have little trouble learning to recognize arbitrary icons and their relationship to content."
design  memory  computers  brains  via:infosthetics 
july 2006 by kevan
Deja Vu, Again and Again - New York Times
Deja vecu. "The doctor [suggested that] he set up an initial appointment at the memory clinic. A.K.P. responded that he had already gone and didn't see the point of going back. The problem was, as the doctor knew, he hadn't actually ever been there."
memory  brains  psychology  science  via:sumana 
july 2006 by kevan
Buffet Froid (1979)
Entertainingly casual deflation of the murder mystery, every guilty character confessing immediately and nobody really caring.
filmlog  3stars  death  mysteries  france  police  memory 
july 2006 by kevan
Rashomon (1950)
An intense cast, sharp and modern-feeling shots, a fantastically derelict gate, and a bit too much mad laughter. Less about biased perspective than I was expecting, and more about intentional deception, but the self-deluding reasons are the same.
filmlog  4stars  crime  death  delusions  lies  memory 
march 2006 by kevan
Cypher (2003)
Philip-K-Dick-style unfurling identity thriller which even goes to the trouble of having a Philip-K-Dick-style overblown nonsensical ending. A few nice moments along the way, though, in isolation.
filmlog  3stars  memory  brains  technology  future  secrets  business 
december 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Shopper's eye view of ads that pass us by
"Later analysis showed that during a 45-minute journey, I had been exposed to more than 130 different advertising 'elements' showcasing more than 80 brands. I was 'looking' at adverts for 29 minutes but couldn't recall a single brand without prompting."
advertising  eyes  technology  memory 
november 2005 by kevan
Memento - Transmitter
Hillman-style road-death memorial plaques that hijack car radios. "The transmission communicates both the name of the dead person and the number of days which have elapsed since the crash."
transport  death  ghosts  memory  history  radio  via:wmmna 
october 2005 by kevan
FOUND Magazine | Find of the Day
Scanned-in scraps of discarded paper. "We collect found stuff: love letters, birthday cards, kids' homework, to-do lists, ticket stubs, poetry on napkins, doodles- anything that gives a glimpse into someone else's life."
paper  secrets  memory  writing 
october 2005 by kevan
REGRETS [Cambridge]
"Six to ten purpose-built mobile computer stations publicly located in and around Cambridge collect anonymously submitted regrets from the public to comprise a sociological database of contemporary remorse."
computers  secrets  via:wmmna  memory 
october 2005 by kevan
The Vintage Book of Amnesia - Various
Collection of short stories, novel extracts and an Oliver Sacks case, themed varyingly loosely around memory loss. Some quite mediocre, but a few good unmet writers in there.
booklog  brains  memory 
september 2005 by kevan | Your 20s - a golden decade for memories
"A study of a group of middle-aged and older people had uncovered a 'reminiscence bump', rich in memories between the ages of 20 and 30."
memory  brains  history  nostalgia  love 
september 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Books | Escaping the net
The flimsy transience of text on computer screens, compared to printed paper. "[Imagination and memory] respond better to the impact of physically embodied things in surroundings that are themselves the product of long and deep human connection."
books  computers  psychology  memory 
august 2005 by kevan
Before Sunset (2004)
A couple meeting again nine years after a brief thing, wandering around Paris and looking at where the future's left them. Mediocre one-voice American dialogue, for the most part, but nice lighting.
filmlog  2stars  france  love  memory 
july 2005 by kevan
The Forgotten (2004)
Complete waste of an idea. Starts as a potentially-rich story of paramnesia perceived as small-scale conspiracy, messing slightly with the viewer's short-term memory, but spirals clumsily out into thriller-by-numbers and unedited sci-fi ridiculousness.
filmlog  1star  memory  children  delusions 
july 2005 by kevan
Eurekalert: Too much knowledge can be bad for some types of memory
More language and memory tangents: "There seems to be an inverse relationship between the ability to categorize and the ability to remember details." File under brains/memory/language.
brains  memory  language  via:foe 
june 2005 by kevan
Cognitive Daily » Why do we forget our childhood?
Experiments show that early childhood memories rely on language. "None of the children interviewed used any of the words that they did not know at the time of the original demonstration to describe their memory of the event."
language  memory  brains  science  children  via:mindhacks 
june 2005 by kevan
Demystifying Wine Expertise: Olfactory Threshold, Perceptual Skill and Semantic Memory in Expert and Novice Wine Judges
Experiments show that describing the taste of a wine verbally can mean that you remember the description more than the taste, and can't re-identify the actual taste so easily.
brains  memory  language  via:mindhacks  drinks 
may 2005 by kevan
Misinformation: Seeing is believing
Retracted news stories living on as false-memory in non-sceptics. "Although all samples on average correctly indicated that no WMDs had been found in Iraq, a substantial minority of Americans exhibited false memory that they were discovered."
war  psychology  lies  history  america  delusions  memory  via:mindhacks 
may 2005 by kevan
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Some good angles on the fragility of memory and inevitability of relationships, and the visual details of the collapsing memories are wonderful, but it gets bogged down in self-indulgence at the expense of any interesting repercussions.
filmlog  2stars  brains  memory  love 
march 2005 by kevan

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