CIGEV, area gerontology: Research on Lifespan, Multidirectionality and Plasticity – Director: Matthias Kliegel

Neural correlates of prospective memory

This projects aims to understand the neural mechanisms of prospective memory. Remembering intentions is not a single process but it comprises interactions with executive functions and memory. Furthermore, our prospective memory is influenced by contextual information such as emotions, mood, and our decisions. We use the EEG to examine the neural activity of the brain during the experiments.

Our studies address the following research questions:

  • How does our decision making influence intentional remembering in younger and older adults?
  • How do younger and older adults differ in coordinating multiple tasks?
  • How do emotions and mood influence prospective memory in younger and older adults?
  • How supports episodic memory the development of prospective memory across the lifespan?

Selected publications

  • Hering, A., Kliegel, M., Bisiacchi, P. S., & Cona, G. (2018). The Influence of Emotional Material on Encoding and Retrieving Intentions: An ERP Study in Younger and Older Adults. Frontiers in Psychology, 9(114). doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00114
  • Hering, A., Wild-Wall, N., Gajewski, P. D., Falkenstein, M., Kliegel, M., & Zinke, K. (2016). The role of cue detection for prospective memory development across the lifespan. Neuropsychologia, 93, 289-300. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2016.11.008