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Midlife Memory Lapses May Be Normal Part of Aging

(Medscape Medical News) Midlife memory lapses may reflect a shift in how your brain forms and retrieves memories, not a decline in thinking skills, a new study suggests…
"When you meet someone for the first time, it is likely that young adults are paying attention to where and when they met this person, and they can remember this information," says researcher Natasha Rajah, PhD, director of the Douglas Brain Imaging Centre.
"But middle-aged and older adults focus more on the social-emotional relevance of the person they met -- were they pleasant, whether they reminded them of other people they know, and so on -- and this change in focus negatively impacts their ability to remember more objective features," Rajah says.
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