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Prospective Memory: Multiple Retrieval Processes

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An interesting challenge for researchers who study prospective memory is to explain how people recognize environmental events as cues for actions. Whereas some theorists propose that a capacity-consuming monitoring process is the only means by which intentions can be retrieved, we argue that the cognitive system relies on multiple processes, including spontaneous processes that reflexively respond to the presence of target events. We present evidence for the existence of spontaneous retrieval processes and apply the idea of multiple processes to mixed findings on age-related decline in prospective memory.
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Keywords: aging and memory; automatic and controlled processes; monitoring; prospective memory; spontaneous retrieval

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Furman University, 2: Washington University in St. Louis

Publication date: 2005-12-01

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