Associative recognition memory for identity, spatial and temporal relations in healthy aging

Ofer Hugeri, Eli Vakil, Daniel A. Levy

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Abstract

The ability to generate associative representations and to retrieve them from long-term episodic memory generally declines in healthy aging. However, it is unclear whether healthy aging has differential effects on associative memory for identity, spatial configuration, and temporal order relationships. In the current study, we assessed how healthy aging impacts on associative memory for identity, spatial, or temporal relationships between pairs of visual objects via discrimination of intact and rearranged pairs. Accuracy and response time performance of healthy older adults (aged 65–80) were compared with young adults (ages 19–30). Age-related declines in associative memory were observed equally for all types of associations, but these declines differed by associative status: aging most strongly affected ability to discriminate rearranged pairs. These results suggest that associative memory for identity, spatial, and temporal relationships are equally affected by healthy aging, and may all depend on a shared set of basic associative mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)349-366
Number of pages18
JournalAging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition
Volume29
Issue number2
Early online date2021
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2022

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Keywords

  • Associative memory
  • aging
  • recognition
  • spatial
  • temporal

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