About The Author

Charlotte Russell is a research scientist and senior lecturer in psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King's College London.

She studies visual attention and episodic memory with behavioral studies on healthy individuals, neuropsychological studies on patients with brain damage and in neuroimaging (fMRI) investigations of both these groups.

Her current research in episodic memory concerns the use of spatial representation in this form of memory and how this changes across the lifespan: from infants to old age.

How Aging Affects Memories Of Personally Experienced Events

Our memory of personally experienced events is central to our identity and our sense of self. When remembering, we create an image of our experience in our minds. Previous research has shown that ­­­­­we judge our memories to be more accurate, vivid, and associated with a greater sense of re-experiencing events if these mental images