Research: Age-related change in visual, spatial and verbal memory

Shaw, Rhonda M., Helmes, Edward, and Mitchell, David (2006) Research: Age-related change in visual, spatial and verbal memory. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 25 (1). pp. 14-19.

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Abstract

Objectives: To explore the relationship between age and performance on verbal, visual and spatial memory tasks and to examine whether verbal, visual and spatial memory can be measured as separate memory representations.

Methods: Sixty-two participants aged between 18 and 57 years completed a listening span task, a dot memory task and an irregular polygon with articulatory suppression task.

Results: Verbal and spatial memory declined with increased age. The relationship between age and visual memory, although negative, was not significant. Age correlated with verbal memory to a greater degree than with visual or spatial memory. The correlations between each of the memory tasks were not significant, suggesting that each task was tapping a distinct type of memory.

Conclusions: Verbal, visual and spatial memory appear to be differentially affected by age and should be examined as separate representations.

Item ID: 3738
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1741-6612
Keywords: cognitive ageing; memory loss; spatial memory; visual memory; working memory
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2009 00:59
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences @ 100%
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