Getting to the kitchen and forgetting why you went there, forgetting whether you paid the mortgage this month (or only thought about doing so), re-telling a joke to the same person who just told it to you last week: We all experience lapses like these in attention and memory every day.
But, such lapses increase in frequency and magnitude as we age, and decline in memory and other everyday cognitive functions can be one of the most distressing aspects of “normal” aging.
On Monday, Oct. 5, psychologist Dr. Karen J. Mitchell will visit Mercyhurst University to explore what cognitive neuroscientists are learning about the processes underlying everyday cognitive acts, the brain mechanisms involved, and how these change with normal aging.
Her talk, titled “Cognitive Aging: Understanding ‘Senior Moments’,” begins at 7 p.m. in the Walker Recital Hall, located in Mercyhurst’s Hirt Academic Center. It’s free and open to the public as part of the Mini Speakers Series in Psychology sponsored by the Mercyhurst University Psychology Department.