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Anales de Psicología

On-line version ISSN 1695-2294Print version ISSN 0212-9728

Abstract

GARCIA-SEVILLA, Julia et al. Differential effectiveness for two memory training programs in older adults with subjective memory complaints (mnemonic training vs. everyday forgetfulness training): an exploratory analysis. Anal. Psicol. [online]. 2014, vol.30, n.1, pp.337-345. ISSN 1695-2294.  http://dx.doi.org/10.6018/analesps.30.1.158021.

Introduction: Despite the cognitive decline that occurs with age, several studies have showed the effectiveness of memory training programs for improving some neurocognitive functions in older people. Objective: to analyze in a preliminary way the differential effect of two memory training programs on several areas of cognition in older adults. Method: 18 older adults between 61 and 81 years have participated, either in a memory strategies training program, either an everyday forgetfulness training program. All of them evaluated the subjective perception of memory and cognitive performance before and after training. Results: A statistically significant improvement in the questionnaire of subjective memory complaints was found in both groups, and only the group receiving everyday forgetfulness training improved in some cognitive performances in visuospatial working memory (Corsi test reverse) and reasoning (analogies). Conclusions: Memory training programs improve the subjective perception that older people have about its functioning, and this is independent of training methodology used.

Keywords : Cognitive training; memory training; subjective memory; cognitive performance; old age; elderly.

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