A retroactive spatial cue improved VSTM capacity in mild cognitive impairment and medial temporal lobe amnesia but not in healthy older adults.

@article{Newsome2015ARS,
  title={A retroactive spatial cue improved VSTM capacity in mild cognitive impairment and medial temporal lobe amnesia but not in healthy older adults.},
  author={Rachel N Newsome and Audrey Duarte and Carson Pun and Victoria M. Smith and Susanne Ferber and Morgan D. Barense},
  journal={Neuropsychologia},
  year={2015},
  volume={77},
  pages={148-57}
}
Visual short-term memory (VSTM) is a vital cognitive ability, connecting visual input with conscious awareness. VSTM performance declines with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and medial temporal lobe (MTL) amnesia. Many studies have shown that providing a spatial retrospective cue ("retrocue") improves VSTM capacity estimates for healthy young adults. However, one study has demonstrated that older adults are unable to use a retrocue to inhibit irrelevant items from memory. It is unknown whether… CONTINUE READING