Tag Archives: Old-Age Memory Loss

Senior Moments and Awareness of Memory Lapses: No Cause For Concern? (NHS Choices / Neurology)

Summary Research in the USA indicates that the experience of memory lapses (so-called “senior moments”) may be less a cause for concern than a failing sense of memory awareness (i.e. forgetting what has been forgotten). This study, which followed over … Continue reading

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Blood Type (AB) Association With Memory Problems? (BBC News / Neurology)

Summary US research suggests a possible link between the rare AB blood type, which occurs in 4% of the population, and memory problems in later life. People with blood group AB and those with higher factor VIII (FVIII), appear more … Continue reading

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Hooked-on-Music Game: Public Participation in Research (BBC News)

Summary Researchers associated with the University of Amsterdam have created an online music memory game to investigate the reasons why certain tunes are retained in long-term memory. Individuals are asked to identify popular song clips and compare these by their … Continue reading

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Dementia Awareness Raising Via Social Media (BBC News / Alzheimer’s Research UK / Department of Health / Dementia Challenge)

Summary Facebook users can experience a simulation of the subjective effects of living with dementia. Alzheimer’s Research UK have produced their FaceDementia app which has been designed to modify users’ personal Facebook pages (safely and without long-term damage to the … Continue reading

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Age-Related Increases in Tip-of-the-Tongue Experiences (NHS Choices / Psychological Science)

Summary Tip-of-the-tongue experiences (TOTs) are those memory lapses where a name, date or fact is known but cannot be retrieved immediately from memory. This NHS Choices Behind the Headlines masterclass critical appraisal examines a study which investigated the association between age … Continue reading

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Protein Involved in Old-Age Memory Loss? (BBC News / Science Translational Medicine)

Summary US researchers working with the donated brains of eight dead people and also performing experiments on mice have discovered indications that low levels of a protein in the brain (called RbAp48) may be responsible for memory loss. This discovery might, one day, lead to treatments … Continue reading

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