Adult aging and prospective memory: The importance of ecological validity

Louise H. Phillips*, Julie D. Henry, Mike Martin

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An important focus in the literature on prospective memory (PM) concerns the impact of adult aging on this important memory skill. In Brandimonte, Einstein, and McDaniel’s (1996) previous book on PM, Maylor (1996) reviewed the available literature on the effects of aging on a range of PM tasks and concluded that, for PM tasks in a naturalistic setting, “Older adults are at least as good as younger adults (and sometimes better)” (p. 182). In contrast, on laboratorybased PM tasks, “there is not a single laboratory study in the literature in which the elderly signicantly outperformed the young, although there are some studies in which older and younger subjects did not differ. In contrast, there are several reports of age-related impairments”
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProspective Memory
Subtitle of host publicationCognitive, Neuroscience, Developmental, and Applied Perspectives
EditorsMatthias Kliegel, Mark A. McDaniel, Gilles O. Einstein
PublisherTaylor and Francis AS
Number of pages26
ISBN (Print)9780203809945
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012


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