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Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ., 12 November 2003
Vol. 2003, Issue 45, p. nw152
[DOI: 10.1126/sageke.2003.45.nw152]

NOTEWORTHY ARTICLES

The Many Ways of Forgetting

Sharpening long-term memory in the elderly might blur their short-term recall

Mitch Leslie

http://sageke.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/sageke;2003/45/nw152

Key Words: Sp-cAMPS • Rp-cAMPS • rolipram

Abstract: If you walk into a room but suddenly forget why, a different brain area falters than when you fail to recognize the cashier at JCPenney as your senior prom date. The two regions not only stow different information, but they age differently, according to a new study. The work shows that prodding a pathway crucial for memory evokes opposite responses in the two regions, suggesting that drugs under development to spur long-term recall in older folks could hinder other types of remembering.

Citation: M. Leslie, The Many Ways of Forgetting. Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ. 2003 (45), nw152 (2003).

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