New paper: Youth and flexibility

Is it harder to change your ways as you get older?  Axel Guskjolen addressed this question in a new paper published in The Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. He trained different aged mice in the water maze to find a platform in a fixed location, and first showed that ability to retain spatial memories increases with age: Infant mice forget within a day or two, whereas older mice can remember up to a month. He then went onto ask whether forgetting would allow younger mice to behave more flexibly. When the platform was moved to a different location in the pool, younger mice could learn this conflicting platform position more readily.

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