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Forgetting Things? Maybe It's All in Your Head

Last updated: Nov 07, 2011

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According to a new study published in Psychological Science, older adults who are primed to think about the effects of aging on memory have a harder time remembering things than those who aren't.

Ayanna Thomas and Stacey J. Dubois showed lists of semantically-related words to both older and younger participants, Pysch Central reported.

Thomas and Dubois told some of the participants that the experiment was testing memory and that older adults generally perform worse on memory tests than younger people. They implied to others that the experiment was testing language abilities, not memory.

The result? Older adults who thought the experiment tested language abilities performed better than those who thought it tested memory.

No word on whether this works when you can't remember where you put your car keys.