Saturday, January 2, 2010

Remembering That Person's Name

Last week's SciAm Psych Podcast was on Remembering That Person's Name.

anomia—the inability to remember names.

...So they tested the memories of 117 healthy 60 to 91 year-olds. And they found that the ability to put a name to a photo of a famous person declines with age. But semantic memory, which includes biographical info, like knowing that George Bush was a U.S. President, remains unaffected by age....

I recommend listening to the podcast because the introductory clip from Saturday Night Live, "Mom Translator", is more interesting/fun.

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