Memory and Aging: The Good, The Bad and the Unknown
Memory changes with age, but with age comes wisdom. In this presentation, Dr. Castel will discuss what aspects of memory change (and not just decline!) with age, what memory mechanisms become more or less efficient with age, how goals change with age, how wisdom may enhance memory, and how or why older adults can selectively remember important information. He will also discuss useful mnemonics and retrieval exercises that can help us all remember, and how exercise and testing can enhance memory.
About Dr. Alan Castel
Dr. Castel is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research focus on how cognition changes with age and the degree to which people are aware of their memory ability (a form of metamemory). He is particularly interested in how younger and older adults can selectively remember important information, and how ability is influenced by attentional and metacognitive processes. He conducts research with people across the lifespan, and gains insight about development and cognitive aging from experimental methods, structured and informal interviews, and personal interaction. He has published over 50 research papers and book chapters, was recognized as a “Rising Star” by the Association for Psychological Science, received the Springer Early Career Achievement Award in Research on Adult Development and Aging from the American Psychological Association, and serves on several editorial boards. His work has been featured in various media outlets, including the New York Times and AARP. He received his PhD from the University of Toronto in 2004, completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, and has been a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at UCLA since 2006. Currently, he is working on a book about “Successful Aging”. He lives, and attempts to successfully age, in Los Angeles, California, with his wife and children.
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