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Mind & Mood
Take a cue for better memory recall
Do you sometimes struggle to remember names, details, or words? Give your brain some cues.
We all have those so-called senior moments. You know a person, but try as you might, can’t recall his or her name. Or, during a conversation, you know what you mean to say but can’t find the right word to express your thought. Or you can’t remember something you recently learned.
This tip-of-the-tongue phenomenon, called "blocking," is related to diminished memory recall. "Everyone has these issues at some point, but it isn’t cause for concern unless it becomes a frequent occurrence or affects quality of life," says Lydia Cho, a psychologist and neuropsychologist with Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital.
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