Do you find yourself not remembering where you put your phone? (Been there.) Or blanking on the name of the cafe in Friends?(Central Perk!) Author and neuroscientist Lisa Genova tells you which memory blips to shrug off and when you may want to talk to your doctor.

Contrary to what your parents told you, we all need to get good at interacting with strangers, says author Julie Lythcott-Haims. Here’s why, and how to do it.