Emotional target cues eliminate age differences in prospective memory

Altgassen, Mareike, Phillips, Louise H., Henry, Julie D., Rendell, Peter G. and Kliegel, Matthias (2010) Emotional target cues eliminate age differences in prospective memory. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 63 6: 1057-1064. doi:10.1080/17470211003770920

Author Altgassen, Mareike
Phillips, Louise H.
Henry, Julie D.
Rendell, Peter G.
Kliegel, Matthias
Title Emotional target cues eliminate age differences in prospective memory
Journal name The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1747-0218
Publication date 2010
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/17470211003770920
Volume 63
Issue 6
Start page 1057
End page 1064
Total pages 8
Place of publication Sussex, U.K.
Publisher Psychology Press
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Cue saliency is known to influence prospective memory performance, whereby perceptually or conceptually distinct cues facilitate remembering and attenuate adult age-related deficits. The present study investigated whether similar benefits for older adults are also seen for emotional valence. A total of 41 older and 41 younger adults performed a prospective memory task in which the emotional valence of the prospective memory cues was manipulated. Emotionally valenced cues increased prospective memory performance across both groups. Age deficits were only observed when neutral (but not positive or negative) prospective cues were presented. Findings are consistent with predictions that salient cues facilitate participants' prospective memory performance and reduce age-related differences, while extending the concept of saliency to include emotional valence.
© 2010 The Experimental Psychology Society.
Keyword Ageing
Emotion processing
Prospective memory
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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