Examining the associations between adult age differences, attention, and episodic memory updating

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Sydney M. Garlitch (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Christopher Wahlheim

Abstract: Episodic memory updating is required in everyday life when we must learn something new that differs from existing memories. A recent framework proposes that updating can be promoted when such changes are detected, allowing for an integrated representation to be formed that can be recollected later. This framework makes predictions about situations when, and for whom, updating will be more effective. Older adults are predicted to show deficits in memory updating to the extent that they detect and recollect changes less often than younger adults. Furthermore, attention during encoding of changes is presumed to play a critical role in memory updating. In this integrated dissertation, three empirical papers are presented to assess age differences and the role of attention in episodic memory updating. The results generally supported the predictions from this framework about how aging and attention influence the mechanisms that promote successful memory updating. The theoretical and applied implications of this work are discussed along with future directions aimed at building a more comprehensive understanding of episodic memory updating.

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Language: English
Date: 2022
Aging, Attention, Integration, Memory updating
Aging $x Psychological aspects
Memory $x Age factors
Episodic memory

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