Prospects for computerized memory training in normal elderly: Effects of practice on explicit and implicit memory tasks

George W. Rebok, D. Xeno Rasmusson, Jason Brandt

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We gave 12 cognitively normal, elderly adults (mean age=76.33 years) training and practice on the Colorado Neuropsychology Tests, a computerized battery of explicit and implicit memory tasks. Half the subjects practised on the explicit memory tasks for 1.5 hours a week for 9 weeks with the assistance of a psychologist, while the other half practised on the implicit tasks for the equivalent amount of time. Subjects in both training conditions showed significant improvement within and across training sessions, with those in the implicit memory condition showing the most overall improvement, as indicated by standardized change scores. However, the improved performance on the training tasks did not result in more positive self-assessments of memory capability. In general, subjects displayed favourable attitudes toward the computer technology and were capable of learning to operate the computer software. The results support the practical application of computerized memory training with normal elderly adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)211-223
Number of pages13
JournalApplied Cognitive Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1996


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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