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Senior Moment? Stereotypes about Aging Can Hurt Older Adults' Memory

Senior Moment? Stereotypes about Aging Can Hurt Older Adults' Memory | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Scientists show that attributing every forgetful moment to getting older can actually worsen memory problems—but a surprising twist can improve performance.
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Did you see that? How could you miss it?

Did you see that? How could you miss it? | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

A new UCLA psychology study shows that people often do not recall things they have seen -- or at least walked by -- hundreds of times.

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One act of remembering can influence future acts

One act of remembering can influence future acts | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Can the simple act of recognizing a face as you walk down the street change the way we think? Or can taking the time to notice something new on our way to work change what we remember about that walk?

When you walk into a restaurant or for the first time, your memory system can both encode the details of this new environment as well as allow you to remember a similar one where you recently dined with a friend. The results of this study suggest that what you did right before walking into the restaurant can determine which process is more likely to occur.

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Fragrant Flashbacks - Association for Psychological Science

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Memory and smell are intertwined; it’s through memory that we learn to remember smells, and disorders that take away memory also take away the ability to distinguish scents. Some of this learning starts even before we are born, when fetuses learn about their mother’s preferences through the amniotic fluid.

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The Forgetting Pill Erases Painful Memories Forever

The Forgetting Pill Erases Painful Memories Forever | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Plato compared our recollections to impressions in a wax tablet, and the idea of a biological hard drive is popular today—but the basic model has not. Once a memory is formed, we assume that it will stay the same. This, in fact, is why we trust our recollections. They feel like indelible portraits of the past. None of this is true. In the past decade, scientists have come to realize that our memories are not inert packets of data and they don’t remain constant. Even though every memory feels like an honest representation, that sense of authenticity is the biggest lie of all.

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Training Working Memory: Why and How | Psychology Today

Training Working Memory: Why and How | Psychology Today | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Make your working memory work for you. By William R. Klemm, D.V.M, Ph.D....
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Niah Janae Patterson's comment, March 18, 2013 6:34 AM
Good to know to train the mind to hold more memories.
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What Do Memories Look Like?

What Do Memories Look Like? | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
New technique allows scientists to see live excitatory and inhibitory synapses for the first time—and, importantly, how they change as new memories are formed.
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USC researchers have come up with a way to see what memory structures look like in the brain:

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» Tools to Reduce Memory Lapses - Psych Central News

» Tools to Reduce Memory Lapses  - Psych Central News | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Are you forgetting to do things that should be no-brainers?

 

Typically, these are not “senior moments,” but involve information overload, time stress or other forms of distraction.

 

A research article in the August issue of Current Directions in Psychological Science reviews memory lapses, technically called a failure of prospective memory, and provides some suggestions to help us minimize future events.

 

In previous research, Dismukes and colleagues identified several types of situations that can lead to prospective memory failures. They found that interruptions and disruptions to habitual processes, which are irritating enough in everyday life, can be fatal in some occupational settings.

 

In fact, several airline catastrophes have occurred because pilots were interrupted while performing critical preflight tasks — after the interruption was over, the pilots skipped to the next task, not realizing that the interrupted tasks hadn’t been finished.

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» Weight Training Helps Prevent Dementia - Psych Central News

» Weight Training Helps Prevent Dementia   - Psych Central News | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
A new study shows that an exercise program that features resistance training improves the cognitive functioning of older women.
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Research explores common visual error of 'boundary extension'

Research explores common visual error of 'boundary extension' | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

"Subjects were presented with a photograph and then had to draw the photograph from memory. Boundary extension is illustrated in these examples, because the participants’ memory of the scene is a more expanded view than what was shown in the actual photograph. (...) They found that boundary extension is an error people make after viewing a photograph. Instead of remembering the view in the photograph correctly, they report having seen more of the world than was actually shown in the picture. (...)

 

Now, Intraub has found that boundary extension is not restricted solely to vision. People make this same error through their sense of touch after manually exploring a scene. (...)"


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Genes for learning, remembering and forgetting

Genes for learning, remembering and forgetting | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Certain genes and proteins that promote growth and development of embryos also play a surprising role in sending chemical signals that help adults learn, remember, forget and perhaps become addicted, biologists have discovered.
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How Our Brains Make Memories

How Our Brains Make Memories | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Surprising new research about the act of remembering may help people with post-traumatic stress disorder.


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