Distractions ‘hit ageing memory’

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4229372.stm

The study examined the brains of adults aged from 19 to 77

An inability to ignore distractions is the main reason why older people have memory problems, research suggests.

A team at the University of California, Berkeley, used scans to examine the brain’s ability to concentrate in adults aged 19 to 30 and 60 to 77.

They found the older people had no problems focusing on relevant information – but could not effectively shut out competing distractions.


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