There are ways to temper your toughest critic and take constructive control of your feelings.
Verified by Psychology Today
Literature, neuroscience, and the constructive brain.
Hal McDonald Ph.D.
Research indicates that as we age, retrieving past memories becomes less voluntary. Instead, we become more dependent on external cues such as smells and sounds.
Attempts to resurrect old TV shows and movies often flop because they appeal to the wrong kind of nostalgia.
A new study suggests that creativity means soaring while we're still attached to the ground.
New research suggests that backward motion, whether real, virtual, or imaginary, can improve our recall of the recent past.
While multitasking is a demonstrably inefficient way of getting things done, the illusion that we are multitasking can actually improve rather than impede our efficiency.
New research suggests that the brain’s hippocampus acts like a movie director to transform the minutes that we live through into the moments we remember.
A recent study suggests that social media “likes” are just as rewarding to give as to receive.
Acting out figurative expressions of creativity can literally make us more creative.
A recent study shows that consuming caffeine increases entropy, or disorder, in your brain, and that's not a bad thing.
A recent study demonstrates that listening to melodies can modulate the way our brains process visual information.
New research shows that a positive outlook on the future creates positive memories to look back on when the future becomes the past.
Savoring a present experience may support emotion regulation by creating nostalgic memories for us to enjoy in the future.
Even before they can talk, infants are capable of using logical reasoning to form and test hypotheses about uncertain future events.
A recent study suggests that commitment to long-term romantic relationships is more about the brain than the heart.
Recent brain imaging studies have revealed that distinguishing between truth, deceit, and irony requires the activation of distinct neural networks.
A recent study suggests that a strong emotional response to sad music is associated with high empathy.
Imagining multiple versions of our future can prepare us to cope with it when it arrives—and improve our mood while we're waiting.
A chance encounter with a forgotten song from one’s forgotten past contains three key ingredients for a positively potent—and potently positive—memory experience.
Nostalgia is an aesthetic form of memory, and our relation to our nostalgic memories is much like that of a painter to a work of art.
A recent neuroimaging study demonstrates that the different types of voice information contained in the sentences we speak and hear are processed through different neural pathways.
It's a well-known, unfortunate fact of life that some of our memory functions decline as we age, but recent studies suggest there may be a silver lining to that gray cloud.
How negative emotions can improve your memory.
What Waffle House hash browns can teach us about the origins of human consciousness.
Recent studies confirm that in matters of personal motivation and satisfaction, it’s not whether you win or lose; it's how hard you have to play the game.
A recent study shows that a perennial pet peeve of English teachers actually serves a useful psychological function.
A recent study suggests that imagining what might have been in the past can help you prepare for what might be in the future.
New research suggests that shifting the visual perspective of our autobiographical memories can shape and potentially restructure how we remember.
Recent neuroimaging research shows that two distinct, often antagonistic brain networks cooperate to produce creative thinking.
Nostalgia is by definition a backward looking emotional experience, but new research suggests that one form of nostalgia involves looking forward in order to look back.
Recent studies on memory explain why spontaneous involuntary memories of our past are more vivid and emotionally intense than the memories we access intentionally.
Hal McDonald, Ph.D., a professor of literature and linguistics at Mars Hill University, is the author of the medical mystery The Anatomists.