Reminiscence Bump Is Cross Cultural

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In a previous installment of this series, “Declinism or Why ‘The Good Old Days’ Seem So Good When You’re Older,” I discussed a phenomenon called “the reminiscence bump.”

What is the reminiscence bump? Simply stated, it’s a tendency for middle-aged and elderly individuals to better remember their personal memories from the ages of 10 to 30 than any other period of life.  » Read more

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Declinism, or Why “The Good Old Days” Seem So Good When You’re Older

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As I’ve written many times, it can be kind of annoying sometimes, and humbling, but the truth is that the human brain is calibrated for speed, not accuracy.

It makes sense when you think of it from an evolutionary perspective. Snap decisions are crucial in survival settings. If you’re being chased by a predator,  » Read more

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