Most of us have had a so-called ‘senior moment’ – forgetting a person’s name or where the word we’re after is on the tip of our tongue.
Now scientists have discovered what is responsible for the lapses in memory – our brains are too full of useless information.
Scientists believe the reason why older people have memory lapses is because their brains are full of irrelevant information
Older people struggle to remember important details because their brains can’t resist the irrelevant ‘stuff’ they soak up subconsciously.
This lack of clutter control becomes increasingly apparent the older a person gets causing their brains to become more filled with information.
As a result, people tend to be less confident in their memories – even when their recollections are correct.
Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology looked at brain activity from EEG sensors and saw that older participants wandered into a brief ‘mental time travel’ when trying to recall details.
This journey into their subconscious veered them into a cluttered space that was filled with both relevant and irrelevant information. read more