Monitoring One's Own Forgetting in Younger and Older Adults

Vered Halamish, Shannon McGillivray, Alan D. Castel

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The present study examined whether there are age-related differences in the ability to accurately monitor forgetting. Young and older adults studied a mixed list of categorized words, and later recalled items when cued with each category. They then estimated the number of additional items that they did not recall-a form of monitoring one's forgetting. Older adults exhibited impaired memory performance compared with young adults, but also accurately estimated they forgot more information than young adults. Both age groups were fairly accurate in predicting forgetting in terms of resolution, indicating that aging does not impair the ability to monitor forgetting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)631-635
Number of pages5
JournalPsychology and Aging
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2011


  • Aging
  • Forgetting
  • Memory
  • Metacognition
  • Metamemory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Social Psychology
  • Aging


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