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    The Impact of Reminiscence on Autobiographical Memory, Cognition and Psychological Well-Being in Healthy Older Adults

    Allena, Andrew P. and Doyle, Caoilainn and Roche, Richard (2020) The Impact of Reminiscence on Autobiographical Memory, Cognition and Psychological Well-Being in Healthy Older Adults. Europe's Journal of Psychology (EJOP), 16 (2). pp. 317-330. ISSN 1841-0413

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    Abstract Reminiscence therapy has improved autobiographical memory in older adults with memory impairment. However, there has been a relative lack of research examining the impact of reminiscence interventions on healthy older adults, despite the fact that healthy ageing has been associated with a reduction in episodic autobiographical memory. The current study examined the effects of a semi-structured reminiscence program, compared to a no-intervention control and an active control group focused on current life, in healthy older adults. Before and after reminiscence or control, we assessed episodic and semantic autobiographical memory, as well as reliving of the memory and re-experiencing the emotion associated with the memory. We also examined new learning and executive function, as well as quality of life, satisfaction with life, anxiety, depression, and mood. The reminiscence intervention did not lead to a differing impact on autobiographical memory, cognition or psychological well-being, compared to the control groups. The current results indicate that simple reminiscence does not lead to enhanced autobiographical memory performance in healthy older adults.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, CC BY 4.0 (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
    Keywords: memory; reminiscence; autobiographical memory; episodic memory; ageing;
    Academic Unit: Assisting Living & Learning,ALL institute
    Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 15073
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    Depositing User: Richard Roche
    Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2021 17:02
    Journal or Publication Title: Europe's Journal of Psychology (EJOP)
    Publisher: PsychOpen
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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