A Fascinating New Idea About What It Means When You Start Forgetting Things

Posted by Annett Winiarz

Jan 9, 2015 9:00:00 AM

A_Fascinating_New_IdeaCake getting crowded? Maybe your mind is too. 

It's a saying favored by boomers and grandparents, a comeback beloved enough to make an appearance in New Yorker cartoons and on countless T-shirts: "I've forgotten more than you know."

Now, a team of researchers at the University of Tübingen in Germany has offered support for the idea that the slowed-down recall we associate with getting older may sometimes be a side effect of a mind that's stuffed with decades of information — not a symptom of certain cognitive decline.

The findings are based on a series of computer simulations of learning and memory, not tests of actual people.

The original December 14, 2014 article by By Lauren F Friedman can be found here:


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