Preserved olfactory cuing of autobiographical memories in old age
Maylor, Elizabeth A., Carter, S. M. and Hallett, E. L.. (2002) Preserved olfactory cuing of autobiographical memories in old age. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, Vol.57B (No.1). P41-P46. ISSN 1079-5014Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/geronb/57.1.P41
The authors investigated whether olfactory cues can facilitate memory retrieval and whether they retain their effectiveness in old age. In Phase 1, 57 young and 57 old adults (mean ages of 21 and 84 years, respectively) were asked to recall autobiographical memories associated with each of six cue words. In Phase 2, the same words were presented again with instructions to recall new memories; on this second occasion, half of the words were accompanied by their appropriate odors. Both age groups recalled more than twice as many memories in Phase 2 with the odor than without the odor, providing evidence for substantial olfactory cuing that is remarkably intact in old age.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Psychology|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Autobiographical memory , Memory in old age , Recollection (Psychology), Olfactometry|
|Journal or Publication Title:||The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences|
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
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