Thursday, May 6, 2010

When Words Teeter on the Tip of Your Tongue (or Finger)

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 "We’ve all been there: you’re having a casual, run-of-the-mill conversation, and all of a sudden you just… can’t… quite… think of… the… umm… hoo boy.

At this point, you may try to make a joke to play off the situation, and if you’re of a certain age, that joke probably involves the phrase “senior moment” and gets a sympathetic laugh. But the truth is that everyone has trouble remembering things from time to time, no matter their age. It might surprise you to learn, for example, that 90% of the time I talk about him, I can’t remember what the heck Kevin Spacey’s name is. I can always remember the movies I’ve seen him in, but his name just slips into the ether."

When Words Teeter on the Tip of Your Tongue (or Finger) | The Posit Science Blog:
Maybe what you need is brain training.  It is amazing what brain games can do to help this common problem of middle age

Also, for women, you might want to check your hormones.  Low hormones, especially around menopause, can result in this sort of mental fuzziness.

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