Prospective Memory Essay

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APA Citation: Kliegel, M. Mahy, Caitlin. Voigt, B. Henry, J. Rendell, P. Aberle, I. 2013. The development of prospective memory in young schoolchildren: The impact of ongoing task absorption, cue, salience, and cue centrality, 116. 792-810. Summary: A take home point of this article is how age plays a role in event-based prospect memory in young children. Prospective memory refers to the processes associated with the task of carrying out delayed intentions. In three experiments, young pre-school and early school children were asked to identify objects pictured on cards, and also to remember to put cards with animals on them into a box. Asking the children to identify these objects represented the ongoing task. Whether or not they remembered to put the cards with animals on them back into the box represented to prospective memory task. Interruption was targeted as a potential factor for underlying developmental differences in the performance of prospective memory. The results of the experiments showed that 9 to10 year old children outperformed 6-7 year old children in event-based prospective memory and that in varying cue centrality the effect of age only had an impact on with cues outside the center of attention. I would enhance this experiment by specifically testing for cue salience to determine the role and affect it may have on prospective memory performance. In one of the studies that asked children to relay a message to a research assistant as soon as they entered the room, they were not able to find age-related effects on prospective memory in 7- to 11-year olds Although prospective memory performance was high, it may have been affected by the salient and socially relevant cues of the task. In what ways does manipulating factors relevant to cue event detection impact prospective memory performance in young children? How could such a test be
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