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January 28, 2010

The Silver Lining To The Aging Brain

Ha ha ha. This may explain why I'm so distracted by everything while I'm trying to study for my final exam. Luckily, there may be an advantage to this lack of focus (other than I'm tired of studying for two straight years). According to Lynn Hasher of the Rotman Research Institute in Toronto, "Older adults with reduced attentional regulation seem to display greater knowledge of seemingly extraneous co-occurrences in the environment than younger adults."

Some how, the older more experienced brains pick up this extraneous information, and make an association with what they're trying to learn, an extraneous fact that may come in handy later. It reminds me of Depression era seniors who save everything because "you never know when you're going need that."

That may not be such a bad strategy after all. It might explain half the stuff in my junk drawer in the kitchen or the contents of the closet in the spare room. I have heard that listening to music while you study can enhance retention of facts. But does that work if you are not allowed to listen to that same music while you take the test? Maybe since I'm thinking of my drawers and closets, I can use those items to help me on my test tomorrow. Now if I could just remember what I put in them . . . .

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Posted by linda at January 28, 2010 4:57 PM

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