Dr. Alan Castel (UCLA) talks about how memory changes with age. It’s true that older adults forget certain things, but they also remember other things quite well as a result of becoming more selective with their memories by focusing on what’s important. Watch this video to find out more, including how to improve your memory for people’s names!

Aging is not always a bad thing. Watch this video by KhanAcademy and find out how people actually get better at certain things with age.

About the Author

Alan Castel is an Associate Professor of Cognitive Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He completed a Ph.D. at the University of Toronto and a postdoctoral fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. His research focuses on the psychology of aging, how cognition changes with age, and the degree to which people are aware of their own memory ability.

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