-- Randy Dotinga
SUNDAY, Jan. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- You must remember
this: Men tend to forget more than women.
That's the message of a new Norwegian study that suggests that
men's memories leave something to be desired, especially when
compared to women's.
However, the study, which was published recently in the journal
BMC Psychology, isn't definitive because it didn't directly
test memory. Instead, it relied on answers to questions about
"It was surprising to see that men forget more than women. This has not been documented before," Jostein Holmen, a professor with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, in Trondheim, said in a statement provided by the university. "It was also surprising to see that men are just as forgetful whether they are 30 or 60 years old. The results were unambiguous."
The researchers reached their conclusions after asking 48,000
participants how well they remember things. Men reported poorer
memories than women.
"We have speculated a lot about why men report more frequent problems with remembering than women do, but have not been able to find an explanation," Holmen said. "This is still an unsolved mystery."
Holmen's team found that memory problems didn't accelerate much
over time among both men and women, although the pace stepped up by
the time the participants were in their 60s.
Those who were anxious, depressed or had less education were
more forgetful, at least judging by their own recollections of
their memory skills, the researchers said.
For more on human memory, head to the
U.S. National Library of Medicine.
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