This is a blog about memory improvement.

We all worry about memory. The young worry if they will remember for the next exam. The old worry about failing memories and the specter of Alzheimer’s disease. We would all like to have a better memory for the books we read and the people we meet.

I teach educational psychology at Cleveland State University. As I read the scientific research on memory I am struck by how little of our understanding of memory and memory improvement has reached the general public. There are techniques that can improve memory, but most people don’t know about them.

In this blog, I will review what we know about memory improvement and explain how I apply these findings in my own life. I will debunk myths and publicize important new findings. Above all, I want to encourage a sense of curiosity, optimism and self control about memory.

12 Responses to “About”

  1. kathy1131 June 15, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    This is certainly a much needed blog. I can’t wait to read more!

  2. Steven Genovese June 15, 2013 at 11:06 pm #

    it’s about time!

  3. Kathleen Hrabik June 29, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

    Interesting site!

  4. Yumi September 24, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

    That’s very interesting. I’m a music therapist, and one of my research interests is music and memory. How do you think memory and emotions are connected?

    • jecgenovese September 25, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

      Thank you very much for your comments. There is definitely a relationship between emotions and memory. We tend to have better memory for events that have high emotional valence.
      There is some very interesting research on music and memory and I will try to post about it in the future.

    • mike October 13, 2013 at 10:45 pm #

      There are many interesting links between music and memory. I read one study in which memory consolidation while sleeping was augmented by playing music at night. It was found that musicians learned a new song significantly faster if they listened to it while they slept. If you’d like to read the article its at http://www.boostedmemory.com/learn-while-you-sleep/

  5. moore314 October 16, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

    Fantastic blog! I’m looking forward to catching up with past posts. Memory is a special interest of mine since MS has rudely brought memory and other cognitive deficits my way. Symptoms that are far from being understood.

  6. The Science Dog December 26, 2014 at 6:30 pm #

    Love your blog and just received your book, Remembering Willie Nelson (which was on my Amazon “wish list”) as a gift from my husband! Just started it and am already enthralled!

    • jecgenovese December 29, 2014 at 3:26 pm #

      Thanks for your comments, let me know if you have any questions.

  7. Amy March 2, 2015 at 10:55 am #

    Hello, I couldn’t find any contact so I decided to contact you this way. From your brilliant blog I know that you are interested in spaced repetition systems and you are a real expert when it comes to memory.

    We created a free tool for learning languages and are very courious about your opinion – vocapp.com. We want to make VocApp the best learning tool in the world (more friendly than Anki, more efficient than anything else) – so any feedback from such an expert will be apprieciated:)


    • jecgenovese March 4, 2015 at 12:49 am #

      Thanks, It might take me a few days, but I will definitely take a look at it.

      • Amy March 4, 2015 at 1:41 pm #


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