Demonstration of Prospective Memory: "I should have written it down."
Demonstration of Prospective Memory
M is the male speaker F is the female speaker
M. Hi Marilyn, I'm home.
F. Hi there.
M. I got the stuff at the store for you.
F. Urmm, where's the butter?
M. Did you ask me for butter?
M. What, tomato juice, celery and milk.
F. ...and butter.
M. You asked me for butter?
M. You should have written it down? M. I should have written it down.
Examples of Prospective Memory
Test your Prospective Memory
Try the following:
1. Click on the icon below to reveal a weekly appointment page.
2. Write down all your appointments for next week. See if you can do it without referring to your personal calendar or daytimer.
3. Compare your entries with the ones in your calendar or daytimer. How did you do?
Did you know? Prospective memory can be enhanced with the aid of cues ("To Do" lists, grocery lists, appointment books, daytimers, etc.). Putting something in writing really helps.
Effects of aging on Prospective Memory Some studies show that prospective memory declines with age while others do not. It seems to depend on the specific type of prospective memory task. However, older adults do just as well as younger adults in terms of prospective memory if allowed to write reminders to themselves (use cues).
Click the icon below to see a the comparison chart of the ability to recall future tasks (with and without cues) with age.
Tips to maintain or even improve your Prospective Memory
Get in the habit of writing down reminders to yourself (grocery lists, appointments, etc.)
Spend some time each day organizing your daily, weekly and monthly tasks.
Prospective Memory: Two Agegroups, with and without cues.