Time-of-day affects prospective memory differently in younger and older adults

Rothen, Nicolas; Meier, Beat (2017). Time-of-day affects prospective memory differently in younger and older adults. Aging, neuropsychology and cognition, 24(6), pp. 600-612. Psychology Press, Taylor & Francis Group 10.1080/13825585.2016.1238444

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The goal of this study was to investigate the impact of circadian arousal on prospective memory performance as a function of age. We tested a younger (18-34 years) and an older group (56-95 years) of participants on- and off-peak with regard to their circadian arousal patterns in a computer-based laboratory experiment. For the prospective memory task, participants had to press a particular key whenever specific target words appeared in an ongoing concreteness-judgment task. The results showed that prospective memory performance was better on- than off-peak in younger but not older participants. Younger participants consistently outperformed older participants in all conditions. We conclude that prospective remembering underlies time-of-day effects which most likely reflect controlled processes.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Psychological and Behavioral Health

UniBE Contributor:

Rothen, Nicolas and Meier, Beat

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1382-5585

Publisher:

Psychology Press, Taylor & Francis Group

Language:

English

Submitter:

Nicolas Rothen

Date Deposited:

10 Aug 2017 16:28

Last Modified:

01 Oct 2017 01:31

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/13825585.2016.1238444

PubMed ID:

27686115

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/98990

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