QUT ePrints

A pilot investigation of effectiveness of a memory-improvement program on subjective and objective memory in healthy young adults: Directions for future research

Sullivan, Karen & Madden, Isabelle (2008) A pilot investigation of effectiveness of a memory-improvement program on subjective and objective memory in healthy young adults: Directions for future research. NeuroRehabilitation, 23(2), pp. 127-135.

View at publisher

Abstract

Previous research on the effectiveness of memory-improvement programs has typically included older adults or those with cognitive impairments. Results from these studies have been difficult to generalise to other populations and yielded inconsistent results, partly depending on the type of memory measured. Given that the effectiveness of memory-improvement programs on young healthy adults is not well understood, the aim of this study was to evaluate a commercially available memory training program, Memory Power, marketed as effective for all age groups, and all types of memory. Twenty, first-year psychology students were randomly allocated to one of two groups: Memory Power or Control. It was hypothesised that Memory Power participants would have significantly increased objective memory performance (RAVLT, RMBT), subjective memory functioning (EMQ, SMQ), and reported use of prospective memory aids (MAQ) at Follow-Up, than Controls. Multiple 2 × 2 mixed repeated-measures ANOVAs were used to assess training effects between Memory Power and Control groups, across Baseline and Follow-Up sessions. No significant group differences were found in subjective memory functioning, or reported use of prospective memory aids. Findings on objective memory function were mixed; no significant effects were found with the (RAVLT), but significant effects (a group main effect and a group by session interaction) were found using RMBT, suggesting improved performance on this measure of memory function for trained participants. The implications of these results for memory-improvement programs more broadly are discussed.

Impact and interest:

0 citations in Scopus
Search Google Scholar™
0 citations in Web of Science®

Citation countsare sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

Full-text downloads:

348 since deposited on 20 Mar 2008
56 in the past twelve months

Full-text downloadsdisplays the total number of times this work’s files (e.g., a PDF) have been downloaded from QUT ePrints as well as the number of downloads in the previous 365 days. The count includes downloads for all files if a work has more than one.

ID Code: 13091
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional URLs:
Keywords: Karen Sullivan, neuropsychology, memory, memory training, mneumonic devices
ISSN: 1053-8135
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology Psychopharmacology Physiological Psychology) (170101)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 IOS Press and the authors
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 20 Mar 2008
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2013 11:14

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page