Category Archives: memory

Objects and memories – evoked or invoked?

When I’ve been thinking about objects and memory, I have often used the verb ‘to evoke’ as in “The object evokes memories that might otherwise not have been recalled.” The word seemed to capture the feeling that this happened without … Continue reading

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Memories and stories

In recent months, I’ve become a big fan of Mixcloud. A recent mix of ambient music, included a piece of music from the soundtrack (including dialogue) of Blade Runner, the moment where the replicant Roy Batty (played by Rutger Hauer) … Continue reading

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Remembering together

Over the last year or so my thoughts about reminiscence have shifted somewhat. This has come about through a mixture of observing some object handling and reminiscence sessions and a series of conversations with colleagues about the topic. At the … Continue reading

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The Junction Box Speculation

Every so often I’m overcome to speculate wildly beyond the limits of my own understanding. This is one of those occasions. Just saying… A while ago @DrDav tweeted me an image she’d taken of a New Scientist article. The item … Continue reading

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Muscle memory – an exercise in carriage wit

Last week I became embroiled in a conversation about ‘muscle memory’ via the medium of Twitter. I don’t really do pithy at the best of time so the conversation was, for me, deeply unsatisfactory and I spent the rest of … Continue reading

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Memory and reconciliation

I tend to read (& blog) about aspects of memory that are personal and, furthermore, take a scientific approach to the topic. This is, of course, not the only way to approach memory as a topic. Memory can also be … Continue reading

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Not quite a film review

During the Christmas holiday, I watched the film ‘Oblivion’ on DVD. It’s a science-fiction film in a post-apocalyptic setting but, surprisingly, the topics of memory, evocative objects and character / identity emerge as significant themes throughout the story. It has … Continue reading

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A tiny epiphany

A few weeks ago I was at choir practice. Our leader was getting us to go back to a song that we hadn’t sung for a while. To encourage us she said (something like), “Don’t worry you’ll remember it. Think … Continue reading

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Changes (2)

I recently reached a momentous decision – it was time to sort out the books in the loft. Some had been untouched in a decade, others were just lost amongst the disorganisation. I got the all down and reorganised them…. … Continue reading

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episodic memory – highlights from a thesis

About a month ago I had an interesting discussion with Prof. Postma at Utrecht University. During the course of the discussion he recommended a PhD thesis by Olga Meulenbroek on “Neural Correlates of Episodic Memory in healthy aging and Alzheimer’s … Continue reading

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