Demonstration of Remote Memory : "Remember that girl...in grade three?"
Demonstration of Remote Memory
M is the Male speaker F is the Female speaker
M. Remember that girl in the sculpture class in grade three?
F. Which one?
M. Red haired girl, sat in the front seat.
F. Third, in from the left hand side. Jane.
M. Jane. That's right. Yep. Her name was Jane. Right.
Examples of Remote Memory How well do you remember the following events?
Your fourth birthday
Elvis Presley's death
Did you know? Remote memory is difficult to study because it is hard to validate whether old memories (personal ones) are accurate or not. The research on remote memory and normal aging is somewhat contradictory. As an example, older people can often clearly remember an emotional event from years past and often tell the story. It is unclear whether this is due to remote memory or whether it is a result of telling the story over and over again.
Effects of aging on Remote Memory Remote memory in older people is similar to that in younger people.
Remote Memory: Age range in relationship to the number of facts recalled
Tips to maintain or even improve your Remote Memory To keep your remote memory active, there are some simple (and fun) things you can do such as:
Socializing with friends and family and talking nostalgia;
Writing your memoirs;
Reading old letters and clippings you've saved and asking why you saved these.