Memory weakens but steadies with age, study finds


Older people were more consistent in memory tests, research from Germany shows – although younger people did achieve overall higher test scores.


The assessments were carried out in Berlin on 100 older people – aged between 65 and 80 – and 100 people in their 20s. They had to show up at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin for 100 days of tests.

“We were very nice to them and had a good atmosphere at the labs,” says Prof Florian Schmiedek.

Prof Schmiedek whose research was published in the journal Psychological Science, was surprised by the difference between the two groups. “If we compare younger and older adults, the interesting finding was that across the nine tasks older people fluctuated less day to day.”

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