Google Calendar: a new memory aid to compensate for prospective memory deficits following acquired brain injury

McDonald, A., Haslam, C., Yates, P., Gurr, B., Leeder, G. and Sayers, A. (2011) Google Calendar: a new memory aid to compensate for prospective memory deficits following acquired brain injury. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 21 6: 784-807. doi:10.1080/09602011.2011.598405


Author McDonald, A.
Haslam, C.
Yates, P.
Gurr, B.
Leeder, G.
Sayers, A.
Title Google Calendar: a new memory aid to compensate for prospective memory deficits following acquired brain injury
Journal name Neuropsychological Rehabilitation   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0960-2011
1464-0694
Publication date 2011-09-26
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09602011.2011.598405
Volume 21
Issue 6
Start page 784
End page 807
Total pages 24
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract Prospective memory impairment is common following acquired brain injury (ABI) and intervention has proved challenging. The current treatment of choice involves using external memory aids as a method of compensation, with those incorporating active reminders proving most successful. In this paper we report findings of an investigation into the effectiveness of a novel external memory aid, Google Calendar. This aid incorporates active reminders and overcomes some of the limitations associated with existing aids. Twelve participants with ABI took part in the study incorporating a randomised control crossover within-subjects design, consisting of a 5-week baseline phase, followed by two 5-week intervention phases where either Google Calendar or a standard diary were used. Participants identified activities to target during the study and a family member monitored their success. Google Calendar was more effective than the diary in enhancing prospective memory performance. It also proved more popular, on account of its active reminders which helped trigger the retrieval of intentions, whilst reducing the need for monitoring. While further research is required to substantiate these initial findings, it is recommended that clinicians familiarise themselves with using Google Calendar, as it appears to offer additional potential in the management of prospective memory deficits following ABI.
Keyword Acquired brain injury
Google calendar
Prospective memory
Rehabilitation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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