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Apathy and Prospective Memory in Aging

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Published in Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders EXTRA. 2012, vol. 2, no. 1, p. 456-467
Abstract Background: Apathy is common in aging, but the processes underlying its different components are still unclear. The aim of this study was to examine the relationships between apathy and prospective memory (PM), a process involved in the execution of delayed intentions. Methods: Fifty elderly participants completed a PM task and a working memory task. Close relatives of participants were given the Apathy Inventory, which assesses three dimensions of apathy (lack of initiative, lack of interest, emotional blunting), and a negative mood scale. Results: Correlation analyses showed strong relationships between PM and lack of initiative and interest. These relations remain significant even after controlling for global cognitive functioning, working memory, processing speed and negative mood. Conclusion: This study sheds new light on the cognitive mechanisms associated with apathy in aging and opens up interesting prospects for psychological intervention.
Keywords ApathyLack of initiativeLack of interestExecution of delayed intentionsAging
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Unité de psychopathologie et neuropsychologie cognitive (UPNC)
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ESPOSITO, Fabienne et al. Apathy and Prospective Memory in Aging. In: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders Extra, 2012, vol. 2, n° 1, p. 456-467. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:29140

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