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People of all ages have trouble retrieving names at times. However, as we age, this phenomenon occurs more frequently.
Neurologists and speech language pathologists have numerous explanations for memory problems. Some are a result of injury or disease. Others are merely the result of healthy aging. Retrieving a name is just one small aspect of memory.
It’s usually part of healthy aging to sense that retrieval of a name is imminent but not forthcoming. Numerous theories exist for explaining specifically what causes these mental blocks.
Although described earlier by William James and other psychologists, it wasn’t until 1966 that the research team of Roger Brown and David McNeill published an empirically based study that dubbed this frustrating memory problem “Tip of the Tongue Syndrome” or TOT.