Investigating Working Memory Abilities in the Elderly

 

The aim of our research project is to investigate working memory abilities in elderly adults. It is well known that elderly adults have a lower working memory capacity than young adults. Whether age-related impairments are solely a deficit in the ability to remember a fixed number of objects or whether the precision of the elements to be remembered is degraded, then leading to impaired responses, is unknown. In order to investigate this question, we have designed a task in which subjects will need to identify whether a change has occurred following a short delay in a display of real-world objects. In this task set size as well as the nature of the representations of the objects (low and high conceptual and perceptual similarity) are manipulated in order to explore this research question.

 

Researchers involved:

Alexandria Nicole Holcomb, Chiara Francesca Tagliabue, Veronica Mazza