February 24, 2012 12:07 AM Subscribe
Help me locate an article on divorce and memory loss.
posted by TheRoach to society & culture (4 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
A few years ago I read an article that was about, or at least mentioned, the effects of divorce on memory. I believe the article was in the New York Times, but my memory is so fuzzy now (go figure) that I'm not even certain of that anymore. I digging around for any reference to the article, I found this paragraph I wrote about it, a few years ago:
"Consider a recent article in the New York Times that explored the relationship between memory and divorce. The article interviewed a number of recently divorced couples, many of whom spoke of problems remembering basic facts such as phone numbers and addresses after separating. An initial hypothesis might be put forth that the stress of divorce caused the memory loss – but while stress tends to affect short-term memory and the formation of new memories, it has less of an effect on information already encoded into long-term storage. Instead, the article poses that each member of the marriage uses the spouse as an external memory bank – a division-of-labor approach to memory in which the responsibility of knowledge was implicitly divided between the couple."
I've often referenced this article when talking about the externalization of memory, but now I can't find the original source. Thus far, google and other searches have yielded bupkiss. Do any of you lovely folks know what/where this article actually is?