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Study: Age Improves Toddlers' Memories

November 02, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Scientists have confirmed what many mothers know: that a 1-year-old child's absent-mindedness is replaced with robust memory recall in the second year of life.

The researchers said their findings add weight to the theory that year-old toddlers are forgetful because the regions of their brains that store and retrieve long-term memories are still forming. Other scientists said that while the new work confirms earlier research that toddlers' memories improve with age, it remains unclear precisely what causes the improvements.

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