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Episodic Future Thinking: Linking Neuropsychological Performance and Episodic Detail in Young and Old Adults.

Cole, Scott, Morrison, Catriona and Conway, Martin (2013) Episodic Future Thinking: Linking Neuropsychological Performance and Episodic Detail in Young and Old Adults. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 66 (9). pp. 1687-1706.

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Abstract

Episodic Future Thinking (EFT) has been linked with our ability to remember past events. However, its specific neurocognitive subprocesses have remained elusive. In Study 1, a study of healthy older adults was conducted to investigate the candidate subprocesses of EFT. Participants completed a standard EFT cue word task, two memory measures (Verbal Paired Associates I, Source Memory) and two measures of executive function (Trail Making Test, Tower Test). In Study 2, healthy young adults also completed an EFT task and neuropsychological measures. The link between neurocognitive measures and five characteristics of EFT was investigated. Specifically, it was found that Source Memory and Trail Making Test performance predicted the episodic specificity of future events in older but not younger adults. Replicating previous findings, older adults produced future events with greater semantic but fewer episodic details when compared with young adults. These results extend the data and emphasise the importance of the multiple subprocesses underlying EFT.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology on 26/02/2013, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17470218.2012.758157?journalCode=pqje20
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/17470218.2012.758157
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
School/Department: School of Psychological & Social Sciences
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/1145

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