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    Autobiographical memory, the ageing brain and mechanisms of psychological interventions


    Allen, Andrew P and Doyle, Caoilainn and Commins, Sean 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
    Keywords: Memory; Executive function; Ageing; Dementia; Reminiscence therapy;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 13148
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.arr.2017.12.003
    Depositing User: Dr. Sean Commins
    Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2020 15:26
    Journal or Publication Title: Ageing Research Reviews
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
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