What Happens to Memory as We Age?
How do we process information? How does this change as we age? Being able to function would be difficult without the ability to remember. Many are greatly defined by memories. Perhaps for this reason older adults feel threatened when they experience memory lapses. Researchers have found that some types of memory hold up well with age, which suggests that certain memory structures are more vulnerable than others to the effects of aging (Nyberg & Backman, 2011).
Nancy Smuckler, PhD, has her undergraduate degree with honors in psychology and her masters in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her doctorate is from UWM. Since graduating, her major focus has been on university teaching with some stints ... read more