A study has uncovered why older people tend to view the past with rose- tinted spectacles, reports The Telegraph.
The research discovered that as we get older, we tend to block out negative memories for the sake of our well being, whilst when we are younger we need to keep a more accurate record of things, good and bad.
The volunteers were asked to look at a series of photos, some of nature and some of violence. They were then asked to remember these photos later, and the older adults remembered less of the negative images.
The volunteers also under went MRI scans which showed that older people had fewer connections between the memory and emotion areas of the brain.
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