Traumatic brain injury and prospective memory: influence of task complexity

Henry, Julie D., Phillips, Louise H., Crawford, John R., Kliegel, Matthias, Theodorou, Georgia and Summers, Fiona (2007) Traumatic brain injury and prospective memory: influence of task complexity. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 29 5: 457-466. doi:10.1080/13803390600762717

Author Henry, Julie D.
Phillips, Louise H.
Crawford, John R.
Kliegel, Matthias
Theodorou, Georgia
Summers, Fiona
Title Traumatic brain injury and prospective memory: influence of task complexity
Journal name Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1380-3395
Publication date 2007-07-01
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13803390600762717
Volume 29
Issue 5
Start page 457
End page 466
Total pages 10
Place of publication Philadelphia, USA
Publisher Taylor & Francis Inc
Language eng
Formatted abstract
A quantitative review indicated that prospective memory impairment is a consistent feature of traumatic brain injury (TBI). However, evidence also suggests that manipulations that increase demands on controlled attentional processes moderate the magnitude of observed deficits. A total of 16 TBI participants were compared with 15 matched controls on a task in which the number of prospective target events was manipulated. This manipulation was of interest because two competing models make different predictions as to its effect on controlled attentional processes. In the context of Smith and Bayen's (2004) preparatory attentional processes and memory processes (PAM) model increasing the number of target events should increase requirements for controlled attentional processing. In contrast, McDaniel and Einstein's (2000) multiprocess framework assumes that distinct target events presented in focal awareness of the processing activities required for the ongoing task are likely to depend on automatic processes. This latter model therefore leads to the prediction that increasing the number of target events should not increase demands upon controlled attentional processes. Consistent with McDaniel and Einstein's (2000) multiprocess framework, TBI patients were significantly and comparably impaired on the one- and the four-target-event conditions relative to controls. Further, TBI deficits could not be attributed to increased difficulty with the retrospective component of the prospective memory task. The practical and theoretical implications of these results are discussed.

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Institutional Status UQ

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