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Senior vice president of research and development of Cortex Pharmaceuticals, a California company that is developing memory restoring drugs. "But you certainly don't need to remember every place you ever parked your car." So the memory repair protocol is store just long enough - minutes, hours or days - to be useful, and in then forgotten.
People in their 60's don't perform as well as younger people on just about every test of secondary memory ever designed,, says David Arenberg, a psychologist at the National Institute of Aging. In on test, for example, people are shown a list of 12 words and after five minutes are asked which word they can remember. Sixty year olds simply do not do as well as 30 year olds. Moreover, participants in on going institute study show a steady decline when they are re-tested every six years.