Understanding How Prior Knowledge Influences Memory in Older Adults.

  title={Understanding How Prior Knowledge Influences Memory in Older Adults.},
  author={Sharda Umanath and Elizabeth Marsh},
  journal={Perspectives on psychological science : a journal of the Association for Psychological Science},
  volume={9 4},
Older adults have a harder time than younger adults remembering specific events and experiences (episodic memory), whereas the ability to use one's general knowledge either improves or remains stable over the life span. Our focus is on the sometimes overlooked but critical possibility that this intact general knowledge can facilitate older adults' episodic memory performance. After reviewing literature that shows how prior knowledge can support remembering in aging as well as lead it astray, we… CONTINUE READING
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