Abstract: In the present study, the trajectory of prospective memory across the lifespan was investigated in a total of 200 participants from five age groups (4- to 6-year-old children, 13- to 14-year-old adolescents, 19- to 26-year-old adults, 55- to 65-year-old adults, and 65- to 75-year-old adults). In an event-based prospective memory task the prospective and the retrospective components were assessed separately. For the prospective component, the results showed better performance for adolescents and young adults than for children and 65- to 75-year-old adults. In addition, participants belonging to the latter group were more likely to forget the retrospective component after having noticed the prospective memory targets. Overall, these results indicate that across the lifespan prospective memory performance follows a similar inverted u-shape function as is well known for retrospective episodic memory. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved) (from the journal abstract)
Keywords: prospective memory performance; lifespan; event-based prospective memory; retrospective components; age differences; Cognitive Development; Life Span; Memory
Notes: 1747-02181747-0226Accession Number: 2006-21546-002. First Author & Affiliation: Zimmermann, Thomas D.; University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland. Other Journal Title: The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. Release Date: 20070305. Correction Date: 20070806. Publication Type: Journal (0100) Peer Reviewed Journal (0110). Media Covered: Electronic. Media Available: Electronic; Print. Document Type: Journal Article. Language: English. Conference Information: Second International Conference on Prospective Memory. Conference Note: This research was presented in part at the aforementioned conference. Major Descriptor: Age Differences; Cognitive Development; Life Span; Memory. Classification: Learning & Memory (2343) Cognitive & Perceptual Development (2820) . Population: Human (10) . Location: Switzerland. Age Group: Childhood (birth-12 yrs) (100) Preschool Age (2-5 yrs) (160) School Age (6-12 yrs) (180) Adolescence (13-17 yrs) (200) Adulthood (18 yrs & older) (300) Young Adulthood (18-29 yrs) (320) Thirties (30-39 yrs) (340) Middle Age (40-64 yrs) (360) Aged (65 yrs & older) (380) . Methodology: Empirical Study; Quantitative Study. References Available: Y.