Intentional suppression of unwanted memories grows more difficult as we age.

@article{Anderson2011IntentionalSO,
  title={Intentional suppression of unwanted memories grows more difficult as we age.},
  author={Michael C. Anderson and Julia Reinholz and Brice A. Kuhl and Ulrich Mayr},
  journal={Psychology and aging},
  year={2011},
  volume={26 2},
  pages={397-405}
}
People often encounter reminders to memories that they would prefer not to think about. When this happens, they often try to exclude the unwanted memory from awareness, a process that relies upon inhibitory control. We propose that the ability to regulate awareness of unwanted memories through inhibition declines with advancing age. In two experiments, we examined younger and older adults' ability to intentionally suppress retrieval when repeatedly confronted with reminders to an experience… CONTINUE READING
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