A vivid imagination may stretch the mind in ways that improve the quality of memory as we age. The Science Blog reports on a study that has found that an absence of imagination in older people may actually be tied to failing memory:
Most children are able to imagine their future selves as astronauts, politicians or even superheroes; however, many older adults find it difficult to recollect past events, let alone generate new ones. A new Harvard University study reveals that the ability of older adults to form imaginary scenarios is linked to their ability to recall detailed memories...
The study results appear in the January 2008 issue of Psychological Science, the Association for Psychological Science's journal.
So, which superhero will you be today?