Aging and posture in the memory of manipulable objects

Dutriaux, L. , Nicolas, S. and Gyselinck, V. (2020) Aging and posture in the memory of manipulable objects. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, (doi: 10.1080/13825585.2019.1708252) (Early Online Publication)

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Thirty healthy elderly participants (mean age = 77.3) learned the names of manipulable and nonmanipulable objects while adopting a control posture (hands in front of them) or an interfering posture (holding their hands behind their back). Results on a recall task showed a postural interference (PI) effect, with the interfering posture reducing the memory of manipulable objects, but not of nonmanipulable ones. The effect was similar to the Postural Interference effect previously observed in young adults, although with a lower performance. These results call into question the embodied theory hypothesis that the deterioration of memory in aging is related to the decline of the sensorimotor system.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The work was supported by Grant ANR-13-APPR-0009 to Valérie Gyselinck from the French National Research Agency (ANR).
Keywords:Experimental and cognitive psychology, neuropsychology and physiological psychology, geriatrics and gerontology, psychiatry and mental health.
Status:Early Online Publication
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dutriaux, Mr Leo
Authors: Dutriaux, L., Nicolas, S., and Gyselinck, V.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology
Journal Name:Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1744-4128
Published Online:25 December 2019

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