Episodic memories, the memories we personally experience, define who we are, where we have been, and help guide our day-to-day actions. Even healthy people of all ages experience episodic memory failures, such as forgetting a person's name, whether we’ve taken our medication today, or where we parked the car.
We grow neither better nor worse as we get old, but more like ourselves.
These failures become more common as people age even in people without any signs of dementia. Yet, people differ greatly in how well they remember but we know little about why this is.
Understanding how individual differences in sleep quality, levels of depression and anxiety, discrimination-related stress, and other psychosocial and lifestyle factors impact episodic memory and the brain activity supporting memory ability in adults across the lifespan is the major goal of the work that we do.
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