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Why is working memory so important to learning?

Nov 5, 2018

The National Science Foundation is spotlighting CEDR Director and PRI Affiliate Paul Morgan's recent research on working memory in their "Ask a Scientist" series.
News Topics: MemoryNSF

Learning to ask older adults better questions about their memory

Aug 9, 2018

Healthcare providers and researchers rely on screening questions to detect patients who may be at risk for developing Alzheimer's disease and other aging-related problems, but how these questions are worded may be confusing or trigger emotional responses. According to Penn State researchers, this…
News Topics: AgingMemory

Eating iron-fortified grain improves students’ attention, memory

Jul 18, 2018

Adolescent students in a rural school in India who consumed an iron-biofortified version of the grain pearl millet exhibited improved attention and memory compared to those who consumed conventional pearl millet, according to Penn State researchers.  The results were published July 17 in the…

Expecting a stressful day may lower cognitive abilities throughout the day

Jul 3, 2018

There may be some truth to the saying “getting up on the wrong side of the bed,” according to Penn State researchers who say starting your morning by focusing on how stressful your day will be may be harmful to your mindset throughout the day. The researchers found that when participants woke up…

Forgetting details, getting the gist may prompt false memories in older adults

Mar 21, 2018

Older adults often complain about forgetting, but Penn State psychologists suggest that another problem may be misremembering. In a study, the researchers found that as people age, they may be more likely to rely on a type of memory — called schematic memory — that helps them remember the gist of…
News Topics: MemoryAging