Mind the Gap

Find inspiration and improve your well-being through the power of stroytelling and reminiscing

Moon Landings, Memories, and Mental Marvels

Why we remember major events so vividly

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This Saturday, July 20th, will be the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. On that day in 1969, the world watched astronauts walk on a celestial sphere that humans have looked up at for millennia. The moment of accomplishing something that had previously seemed impossible elicited intense feelings of awe, inter-connectedness, and pride all around the globe.   The memory of this step in mankin... Read more

Flashbulb Memory, Nostalgia
October 25, 2019

Tapping into Memories with Music

Using music to cue our memory and improve recall

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You have a dream vacation coming up. A visit to a new winery. A new country. Maybe a staycation. One thing is certain. You want to enjoy it as much as you can. And you definitely want to remember it for as long as you can.   Photos of course are obligatory. They serve as wonderful reminders — external ones — of enjoyable times had. But capturing photos is sometimes at the expense of living... Read more

Memory Recall
October 25, 2019

What Causes Nostalgia Goggles?

Our natural bias towards happy memories over bad ones

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“Ah, the good old days.”   You know… before mobile phones… the internet… and microwaves. When there were no text messages to interrupt your day, no instant “likes” to make you feel good, and no 2-day shipping with 100% return and refund policy.   We are told we are living in the safest and healthiest time in human history — so Harvard Psychology Professor Steven Pinker tells u... Read more

Nostalgia, Reminiscing
October 25, 2019

Scent of a Memory

Trigger your most vivid and emotional memories using scent

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The aroma of freshly baked brownies always brings back memories of my best friend’s mom’s cooking. When I walk by the local pool and smell the chlorinated water, I remember my childhood summers. Originally called the “Proust Effect” — after the Novelist Marcel Proust who wrote about childhood memories triggered by the aroma of freshly baked Madeleine cakes — this process was once th... Read more

Memory Recall
October 25, 2019