Differential effects of age on involuntary and voluntary autobiographical memory.

@article{Schlagman2009DifferentialEO,
  title={Differential effects of age on involuntary and voluntary autobiographical memory.},
  author={Simone Schlagman and Matthias Kliegel and Joerg Schulz and Lia Kvavilashvili},
  journal={Psychology and aging},
  year={2009},
  volume={24 2},
  pages={397-411}
}
Research on aging and autobiographical memory has focused almost exclusively on voluntary autobiographical memory. However, in everyday life, autobiographical memories often come to mind spontaneously without deliberate attempt to retrieve anything. In the present study, diary and word-cue methods were used to compare the involuntary and voluntary memories of 44 young and 38 older adults. The results showed that older adults reported fewer involuntary and voluntary memories than did younger… CONTINUE READING
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