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Revisiting the age-prospective memory-paradox: the role of planning and task experience

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Cortez, Sergio A.
Altgassen, Mareike
Published in European Journal of Ageing. 2014, vol. 11, no. 1, p. 99-106
Abstract The present study aimed at investigating age-related differences in prospective memory performance using a paradigm with high ecological validity and experimental control. Thirty old and 30 young adults completed the Dresden Breakfast task; a meal preparation task in the lab that comprises several subtasks including event- and time-based prospective memory tasks. Participants were required to plan how to perform the task. Results showed that young adults outperformed old adults: they completed more subtasks, showed better event- and time-based prospective memory performance and planning quality. In contrast, old adults adhered to their plans more closely than young adults. Further exploratory gender-specific analyses indicated that old women did not differ from young men in time-based prospective memory performance, general task performance and time monitoring in contrast to old men. Possibly, differences in experience in breakfast preparation might account for these differential findings.
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HERING, Alexandra et al. Revisiting the age-prospective memory-paradox: the role of planning and task experience. In: European Journal of Ageing, 2014, vol. 11, n° 1, p. 99-106. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:98240

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