Prospective memory and frontal lobe function

K. Neulinger, J. Oram, H. Tinson, J. O'Gorman, Ho Keung David Shum

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Abstract

The study sought to examine the role of frontal lobe functioning in focal prospective memory (PM) performance and its relation to PM deficit in older adults. PM and working memory (WM) differences were studied in younger aged (n = 21), older aged (n = 20), and frontal injury (n = 14) groups. An event-based focal PM task was employed and three measures of WM were administered. The younger aged group differed from the other two groups in showing significantly higher scores on PM and on one of the WM measures, but there were no differences at a statistically significant level between the older aged group and the frontal injury groups on any of the memory measures. There were, however, some differences in correlations with a WM measure between groups. It is concluded that there are similarities and differences in the deficits in PM between older adults and patients with frontal lobe injury on focal as well as nonfocal PM tasks.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-183
Number of pages13
JournalNeuropsychology, development, and cognition. Section B, Aging, neuropsychology and cognition
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Aging
  • brain injury
  • frontal lobe
  • prospective memory
  • working memory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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