Directed forgetting in working memory: Age-related differences

P. Andrés, M. Van der Linden, F.B.R. Parmentier

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Abstract

This study explored the effects of ageing on working memory by means of the directed forgetting procedure designed by Reed (1970). Memory for a letter trigram was compared in conditions where it was either presented alone (single-item), or followed by a second trigram to be recalled (interference), or followed by a second trigram to be forgotten (directed forgetting). The results clearly indicated that elderly participants inhibited the no-longer-relevant information less efficiently (recall in the single-item condition - recall in the directed forgetting condition), as predicted by the model of Hasher and Zacks (1988). However, the results also demonstrated that sensitivity to interference (recall in the single-item condition - recall in the interference condition) increased in the condition in which no inhibition was directly required. © 2004 Psychology Press Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)248-256
Number of pages9
JournalMemory
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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