Prospective memory in multiple sclerosis

Rendell, Peter G., Jensen, Fiona and Henry, Julie D. (2007) Prospective memory in multiple sclerosis. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 13 3: 410-416. doi:10.1017/S1355617707070579

Author Rendell, Peter G.
Jensen, Fiona
Henry, Julie D.
Title Prospective memory in multiple sclerosis
Journal name Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1355-6177
Publication date 2007-05
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S1355617707070579
Volume 13
Issue 3
Start page 410
End page 416
Total pages 7
Place of publication United States
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Formatted abstract
There is considerable evidence that multiple sclerosis (MS) is associated with impaired retrospective memory. However, although preliminary evidence suggests that prospective memory is also affected by the disorder, the degree and nature of the impairment remains to be clarified. Twenty participants with MS were compared with 20 matched controls on Virtual Week, a measure of prospective memory that closely represents the types of prospective memory tasks that actually occur in everyday life, and provides an opportunity to investigate the different sorts of prospective memory failures that occur. The results indicated that irrespective of the specific prospective memory task demands, MS participants’ performance was significantly impaired relative to controls. MS deficits could not be attributed to problems with retrospective memory because MS participants in the present study did not differ significantly from controls on measures of long- and short-term memory, and significant impairment was observed on a prospective memory task, which imposed only minimal demands on retrospective memory. These results therefore suggest that individuals with MS may experience general difficulties with prospective memory. The practical and theoretical implications of these findings are discussed.
Keyword Memory disorders
Demyelinating diseases
Neurocognitive deficits
Neurologic dysfunction
Everyday memory
Delayed intentions
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Psychology Publications
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