This newsletter will also provide information about the process of memory research itself. Current understanding of human memory obviously depends on the scientists and clinicians who direct research studies. But it depends just as much on the "ordinary" people who offered to participate in studies.
For example, we know that some kinds of memory tend to degrade as we age, such as memory for the names of people we have recently met. Other kinds of memory tend to survive well into old age, such as memory for new faces. We know this because hundreds of people of all ages went to research laboratories and allowed scientists to administer simple memory tests. The results allow us to compare how the memory of an average 20-year-old differs from the memory of an average 60-year-old.
Studies like these help us to understand how memory works normally and how it is disrupted by injury or disease. Many of the articles in this newsletter will discuss this kind of research. On page 4 of this issue, you'll find information about how to locate memory research projects in your area, and what to do if you're interested in participating in one.
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In the meantime, don't forget that your memory is among your most precious assets. Use it every way you can, and work to make it the best that it can be. For advice on how to get started, check out our Memory Tips.
Mark A. Gluck, Ph.D.
Catherine E. Myers, Ph.D.
Co-Directors, Memory Disorders Project at Rutgers-Newark
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