Have you ever
experienced a situation of knowing the name of
a person, place, or thing, but being unable to
come up with the word at that instant?
Anecdotal evidence suggests that as women
begin experiencing the symptoms of perimenopause,
they may also begin to have more of these
The current study is designed to evaluate whether
the hormonal changes that accompany menopause result
in these types of word-finding problems.
Examining word-finding errors during menopause is
important for both practical and theoretical reasons.
From a practical point of view, information on the extent
to which women typically experience word-finding difficulties
during menopause is as important for doctors counseling these
individuals; simply knowing that these difficulties are
common symptoms of menopause can be a great relief to
individuals experiencing them. Theoretically, most prior
studies on the memory difficulties that accompany menopause
have presented subjects with lists of words to memorize, and
then tested the recall of those words. This confounds
difficulties in storage (initial learning) and
difficulties in retrieval (remembering). Since word-finding
errors are purely errors in retrieval of information, not in
initial storage, this will allow us to examine more specifically
the ways in which hormonal changes affect memory.
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