The recall of factual information from a news broadcast was assessed in 267 adults who were young, middle-aged, or elderly. Participants listened to a 6-min simulated news program, and at the conclusion of the program were asked 25 factual questions related to the content of the broadcast. A significant age effect was noted, with older adults recalling less information than the younger-aged groups. Performance on this task positively correlated with a measure of prose recall and self-reports of everyday memory. Results suggest that a computer-simulated task may be a useful medium for assessing everyday memory performance.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geriatrics and Gerontology