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Prospective Memory Development Across the Lifespan

Published inEuropean Psychologist, vol. 25, no. 3, p. 162-173
Publication date2020
Abstract

Prospective Memory (PM; the ability to remember to perform planned tasks) represents a key proxy of healthy aging, as it relates to older adults' everyday functioning, autonomy and personal well-being. The current review illustrates how PM performance develops across the lifespan and how multiple cognitive and non-cognitive factors influence this trajectory. Further, a new, integrative framework is presented, detailing how those processes interplay in retrieving and executing delayed intentions. Specifically, while most previous models have focused on memory processes, the present model focusses on the role of executive functioning in PM and its development across the lifespan. Finally, a practical outlook is presented, suggesting how the current knowledge can be applied in geriatrics and geropsychology to promote healthy aging by maintaining prospective abilities in the elderly.

Keywords
  • Prospective memory
  • Lifespan
  • Development
  • Executive functions
  • Aging
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ZUBER, Sascha, KLIEGEL, Matthias. Prospective Memory Development Across the Lifespan. In: European Psychologist, 2020, vol. 25, n° 3, p. 162–173. doi: 10.1027/1016-9040/a000380
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