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Characterizing Age-Related Changes in Remembering the Past and Imagining the Future
 

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Characterizing Age-Related Changes in Remembering the Past and
Imagining the Future
Brendan Gaesser and Daniel C. Sacchetti
Harvard University
Donna Rose Addis
University of Auckland
Daniel L. Schacter
Harvard University
When remembering past events or imagining possible future events, older adults generate fewer episodic
details than do younger adults. These results support the constructive episodic simulation hypothesis:
deficits in retrieving episodic details underlie changes during memory and imagination. To examine the
extent of this age-related reduction in specificity, we compared performance on memory and imagination
tasks to a picture description task that does not require episodic memory. In two experiments, older adults
exhibited comparable specificity reductions across all conditions. These findings emphasize the need to
consider age-related changes in imagination and memory in a broader theoretical context.
Keywords: autobiographical memory, aging, imagining, autobiographical interview, picture description
During the past several years, converging evidence from cognitive
psychology, neuropsychology, and neuroimaging has documented

  

Source: Addis, Donna Rose - Department of Psychology, University of Auckland

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine