Skip to main content
Article thumbnail
Location of Repository

An internet study of prospective memory across adulthood

By Robert H. Logie and Elizabeth A. Maylor

Abstract

In an Internet study, 73,018 18-79-year-olds were asked to “remember to click the smiley face when it appears”. A smiley face was present/absent at encoding, and participants were told to expect it “at the end of the test”/“later in the test.” In all 4 conditions, it occurred after 20 min of retrospective memory tests. Prospective remembering benefited at all ages from both prior target exposure and temporal uncertainty; moreover, it resembled working memory in its linear decline from young adulthood. The study demonstrates the power of Internet methodology to reveal age-related deficits in a single-trial prospective memory task outside the laboratory

Topics: BF
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:wrap.warwick.ac.uk:705

Suggested articles

Citations

  1. (1986). A functional account of age differences in memory.
  2. (2004). A meta-analytic review of prospective memory and aging. doi
  3. (2000). A neuropsychological study. doi
  4. (2008). Adult age differences in event-based prospective memory: A meta-analysis on the role of focal versus nonfocal cues. doi
  5. (2008). Adult aging and prospective memory: The importance of ecological validity. In
  6. (1990). Age and prospective memory. doi
  7. (2005). Associating a time-based prospective memory task with an expected context can improve or impair intention completion. doi
  8. (1998). Changes in event-based prospective memory across adulthood. doi
  9. (2007). Cognitive aging research using the Internet: Four case studies. In A. Garriga-Trillo (Ed.), Converging research on predictors of cognitive impairment and neurodegenerative diseases
  10. (2004). Construct validity and age sensitivity of prospective memory. doi
  11. (1991). Decomposing adult age differences in working memory. doi
  12. (1996). Does prospective memory decline with age? In
  13. (1973). Encoding specificity and retrieval processes in episodic memory. doi
  14. (1998). Event-based prospective memory and executive control of working memory. doi
  15. (2007). Gender and sexual orientation differences in cognition across adulthood: Age is kinder to women than to men regardless of sexual orientation. doi
  16. (2000). High prevalence of prospective memory impairment in the elderly and in early-stage dementia: Findings from a populationbased study. doi
  17. (2004). Human research and data collection via the Internet. doi
  18. (2004). Importance effects on performance in event-based prospective memory tasks. doi
  19. (2007). Learning is impaired by activated intentions. doi
  20. (1993). Minimized prospective memory loss in old age. In
  21. (2002). Models of visuospatial and verbal memory across the adult life span. doi
  22. (1991). Multiple regression: Testing and interpreting interactions. doi
  23. (2008). On beginning to understand the role of context in prospective memory. In
  24. (2001). Processing and storage in working memory span. doi
  25. (2002). Prospective memory across the lifespan. In P. Graf & N. Ohta (Eds.), Lifespan development of human memory
  26. (1987). Prospective memory and self-reports of memory abilities in older adults. doi
  27. (2007). Prospective memory: An overview and synthesis of an emerging field. Thousand Oaks,
  28. (2008). Prospective memory: Cognitive, neuroscience, developmental, and applied perspectives. doi
  29. (2005). Prospective memory: Multiple retrieval processes. doi
  30. (2007). Prospective memory: The relative effects of encoding, retrieval, and the match between encoding and retrieval. doi
  31. (1996). Prospective memory: Theory and applications.
  32. (1993). Representation of intentions: Persisting activation in memory. doi
  33. (2004). Should we trust web-based studies? A comparative analysis of six preconceptions about Internet questionnaires. doi
  34. (2002). Standards for Internet-based experimenting. doi
  35. (2000). Strategic and automatic processes in prospective memory retrieval: A multiprocess framework. doi
  36. (2006). Task interference from prospective memories covaries with contextual associations of fulfilling them. doi
  37. (2005). Task switching across the life span: Effects of age on general and specific switch costs. doi
  38. (2007). The BBC Internet Study: General methodology. doi
  39. (2006). The Internet as psychological laboratory. doi
  40. (2008). The puzzle of inconsistent agerelated declines in prospective memory: A multiprocess explanation.
  41. (2006). The rise and decline of prospective memory performance across the lifespan. doi
  42. (2007). The role of processing resources in agerelated prospective and retrospective memory within old age. doi
  43. (2008). This study was presented at the XXIX International Congress of Psychology,
  44. (2004). Transformations in the couplings among intellectual abilities and constituent processes across the life span. doi
  45. (2008). Transparent meta-analysis of prospective memory and aging. doi

To submit an update or takedown request for this paper, please submit an Update/Correction/Removal Request.