Matthew Barrett: Human memory is not a recording device

Matthew Barrett What excites you the most about your job? As a Professor and the founder of Brain Trainers Mental Fitness LLC, I love seeing how the right information can have a life-changing effect on people. Please tell us about your interest in applied brain science. What areas are you most interested in? What motivated you to pursue work in your field? I’m an educator first and foremost: I like to see people empowered with clear, accurate, and useful information about their brains. Just understanding more about diet, exercise and sleep could revolutionize our society. Beyond education, I’m especially interested in biofeedback, neurofeedback, mindfulness, mental athletics, and lucid dreaming. What are 1–2 key things you’d like every person to understand regarding his/ her own brain and mind, that you think is commonly misrepresented or not addressed in the popular media? People just expect too much of human memory. It’s not a recording device. I can’t count the number of times someone has come to me thinking there was something “wrong” with their memory, only to describe limitations that are perfectly normal. I’m considering putting this on my tombstone: “There is nothing wrong with you!” Where do you see clear “low-hanging fruit” to enhance behavioral and brain health based on neuroscience and innovation? I may be biased, but I believe that education is the best low-hanging fruit around. If peo...
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(Natural News) The human body needs to get enough sleep every night to heal and recover. Many people know this, and some take steps to ensure they get a good night’s sleep. Unfortunately, most of them believe certain sleep myths, like drinking alcohol at night promotes better sleep, which researchers say do more harm than good. Tired...
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(Natural News) The human body needs to get enough sleep every night to heal and recover. Many people know this, and some take steps to ensure they get a good night’s sleep. Unfortunately, most of them believe certain sleep myths, like drinking alcohol at night promotes better sleep, which researchers say do more harm than good. Tired...
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This study was designed to examine the association between sleep problems and different categories of OAD amongst US adults. METHODS: We conducted an observational, cross-sectional study using a nationally representative sample of the US civilian non-institutionalized population from 2007 to 2008 National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey (NHANES). A total of 3204 study participants aged ≥35 years were stratified into four groups, using a self-reported history of asthma and data from spirometry: asthma-COPD overlap (ACO) (n = 70, 2.2%), asthma (n = 168, 5.2%), chronic obstru...
Source: Sleep and Breathing - Category: Sleep Medicine Authors: Tags: Sleep Breath Source Type: research
This study was designed to examine the association between sleep problems and different categories of OAD amongst US adults.MethodsWe conducted an observational, cross-sectional study using a nationally representative sample of the US civilian non-institutionalized population from 2007 to 2008 National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey (NHANES). A total of 3204 study participants aged ≥35 years were stratified into four groups, using a self-reported history of asthma and data from spirometry: asthma-COPD overlap (ACO) (n = 70, 2.2%), asthma (n = 168, 5.2%), chronic obstructive pu...
Source: Sleep and Breathing - Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: research
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Source: Sleep Medicine Clinics - Category: Sleep Medicine Authors: Tags: Preface Source Type: research
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Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tags: Article Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics - Category: Child Development Tags: Challenging Case Source Type: research
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Source: The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation - Category: Neurology Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research
AbstractPurpose of ReviewAdolescents are particularly vulnerable to sleep and circadian disturbances, which is a risk factor for substance use initiation and involvement. In this review, we briefly describe normal changes in adolescent sleep and circadian rhythms and then describe evidence that identifies sleep and circadian disturbances as a predictor of substance use in adolescence. We also describe possible mechanisms for the relationship between sleep/circadian disturbances and substance use, as well as modifying factors, through recent longitudinal studies.Recent FindingsAccumulating longitudinal studies support an ar...
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ConclusionOSA was associated with a higher risk of incident ESRD. Understanding the association between OSA and ESRD might provide further insights to establish national health care policy.
Source: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology - Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: research
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