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.
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.