Washington: Older adults can eliminate forgetfulness and perform as well as younger adults on memory tests, a new study has found.Scientists at Baycrest Health Sciences` Rotman Research Institute (RRI) and the University of Toronto`s Psychology Department used a distraction learning strategy to help older adults overcome age-related forgetting and boost their performance to that of younger adults.Distraction learning sounds like an oxymoron, but a growing body of science is showing that older brains are adept at processing irrelevant and relevant information in the environment, without conscious effort, to aid memory performance."Older brains may be doing something very adaptive with distraction to compensate for weakening memory," Renee Biss, lead investigator and PhD student said."In our study we asked whether distraction can be used to foster memory-boosting rehearsal for older adults. The answer is yes!" she said.
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