It’s really true! – Old people (with gray hair) have bad memories, right? It’s not as simple as that. A new study has found evidence that the older brain’s weakened ability to filter out irrelevant information may actually give aging adults an ADVANTAGE over their younger people: It may be what’s behind what we call wisdom.
Aging is associated with a decreased ability to tune out irrelevant information, which may be one of the sources of older folks’ memory problems. Now scientists have discovered that when older adults “hyper-encode” extraneous information (most of the time without even knowing they’re doing it), they have the unique ability to tie it to other information that is appearing at the same time.