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1. The Exploratorium's Memory Pages
The Exploratorium has some of the most artistic scientific websites you will find online. Their memory pages are no exception. Here you can view artists renditions of memories, read narratives from survivors of the Nagasaki bombing, listen to webcasts from some of the most prolific memory researchers (including Elizabeth Loftus - Real Audio is required), play memory games that provide some basic information about the memory processes, see a pretty cool slide show on the anatomy of memory (a dissection of a brain), and read some very interesting articles about memory. However, watch out for the "earliest memories" section; this is a big waste of time. Otherwise, this is a very attractive site from both an aesthetic sense and an academic sense.

2. Home Page of Elizabeth Loftus, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Loftus is considered one of, if not the preeminent authorities on memory, and specifically, false memories,false memory syndrome, and eye witness testimony. Her work is very interesting and her writing is easy to read and fascinating. On her homepage you will be able to link directly to some of her articles (presented in full text) that I recommend highly. Loftus has spent years providing support that the human memory system is easily manipulated, leading to all sorts of false memories, even for things we are 100% sure are right. She has also spent a great deal of time speaking against repressed memories. If you think your memory is solid, and not filled with gaps, holes, and false memories, you better think again. Don't skip over her site.

3. Recovered Memories of Sexual Abuse: Scientific Research & Scholarly Resources
Because wants to provide unbiased information, we were compelled to include this site to offer the opposing view to that of Elizabeth Loftus. This site is dedicated to providing scientific information about the realities and existence of Recovered (and therefore, repressed) memories. The page is filled with abstracts and excerpts from scientific papers which are presented to show support for the existence of recovered memories. Essentially, the site is a persuasive paper for the existence of recovered and repressed memories. In fact, the site even includes a section on Loftus and her work. Regardless of the position you have on this topic, the site is interesting.

4. Memory Techniques and Mnemonics
Developed by Mind Tools, the pages within the site offer a variety of techniques to help boost your memory using Mnemonic devices. The site offers an introduction to Mnemonic devices (what they are, how to use them, etc.), and then goes on to explain the difference techniques. They include lots of techniques, including link method, number/rhyme mnemonic, journey method, roman room method, and lots more. Plus, they even provide different ways to use these menmoics including, are you ready, studying for exams! Are you still here? Go to the site!

5. Short Article / Messages About Memory
The Mad Scientist Network has dozens of articles and message board responses about a variety of topics, all written by Psychologists, Psychiatrists, and other experts. Rather than you trying to sort through all of them to find the ones that are interesting, we have provided a few of them right here. For example:

Does illicit drug use (specifically, marijuana) rob you of your brain cells?
Which do we remember better, visual or auditory information?
Is human memory similar to the RAM (random access memory) in a computer?
What is the basis behind Photographic Memory?
Is there a limit to how much we can learn?

6. Memory and The Human Brain, by PC Wholesale
When we first received an email suggesting we add this site, we thought it was a typo. A site that sells computers providing useful information about human memory? Didn't seem possible. But, we were wrong and we appreciate the kids at The Children's Cancer Center in New Jersey pointing us to this site. In addition to having useful descriptions of several brain parts related to human memory, they have several good links to additional content. Overall, this is a solid and useful page for understanding memory. You should definitely check it out.

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