How do pain and working memory interact? Can we decrease pain by improving working memory?

One of the main questions for us as pain researchers is how we can reduce pain.  We already know that painful stimuli such as electrical shocks involuntarily grab our attention because our body prioritizes them to protect us from harmful stimuli. Also, people who have chronic pain pay more attention to painful information and it is possible that … [Read more...]

How we walk affects what we remember…?

Let’s say you tell two friends to bring a list of things from the market. The list contains things they like and things they dislike. When you see them walking back, one is walking with a tall posture, slightly bouncy and a good arm swing, while the other is walking slumped, swaying sideways with minimal arm swing. Which one is more likely to have … [Read more...]

Is it time the memory worked again?

I was reading Valery Legrain’s blog and it caused me to reflect on what sort of daily use I give my working memory. Have I needed to mentally rehearse a phone number while dialling it? No, my phone dials whoever I ask it to. Have I bothered to calculate the amount of change I’m going to get at the checkout because the young assistant looks like … [Read more...]