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Autobiographical memory, the ageing brain and mechanisms of psychological interventions

Allen, Andrew P., Doyle, Caoilainn, Commins, Seán and Roche, Richard A.P. (2018) Autobiographical memory, the ageing brain and mechanisms of psychological interventions. Ageing Research Reviews, 42. pp. 100-111. ISSN 1568-1637

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Abstract

Elucidating the impact of healthy cognitive ageing and dementia on autobiographical memory (AM) may help deepen our theoretical understanding of memory and underlying neural changes. The distinction between episodic and semantic autobiographical memory is particularly informative in this regard. Psychological interventions, particularly those involving reminiscence or music, have led to differential effects on episodic and semantic autobiographical memory. We propose that executive function is a key mediator of psychological therapies on autobiographical memory. We also highlight that interventions that alleviate stress and improve mood, including in major depression, can enhance autobiographical memory. Future research employing more longitudinal approaches and examining moderating factors such as gender and education level will deepen our understanding of changes in AM in later life, enhance our theoretical understanding of the neuroscience of AM and ageing, and help to develop better targeted interventions for preserving AM in older adults.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Cognitive psychology
Divisions: School of Business > Staff Research and Publications
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Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2018 14:49
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2018 14:49
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/3233

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