In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term: amnesia Amnesia is a memory deficit that can go in two different directions. Retrograde amnesia goes backward, affecting previously stored memories. Anterograde amnesia goes forward, affecting the ability to move short-term memory information into new long-term stored memories. … Continue reading What is… amnesia
In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week's term: memory Memory is highly complex. There are multiple different types, and multiple areas of the brain that are involved. Memories not only need to be encoded in the first place, but they also need to be stored and … Continue reading What is… memory?
We hear a lot about neuoroplasticity, the amazing ability our brains have to remodel themselves and create new connections. These are actual structural changes in the brain, and can happen following some form of damage but also with exposure to cognitive demands and the acquisition of new skills. According to an article in the Journal … Continue reading Let’s get synapsing – Exercise Your Brain by Learning!
We tend to create a lot of rules about how we should think, feel, and act. We may believe that there is some sort of objective truth to these rules, but the reality is they're really just mental myths. These examples come from Dialectical Behavioural Therapy: I don't deserve to get the things that I … Continue reading Mental myths that get in our way
Despite what the title might suggest, this post isn't about me being self-critical. I have been struggling for months with cognitive symptoms of depression, and on a daily basis I notice that it impairs my functioning. But it's not something I've ever had much of an objective sense of. Measuring cognitive function in depression Until … Continue reading I am Actually Getting Stupider: The THINC-it Test in Depression
I have always found the cognitive symptoms of depression to be among the most disruptive to my overall functioning. When I'm really unwell it feels like I can't think my way out of a paper bag. I tend to describe the effect on my thinking as "mashed potato brains".