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Age-independent transfer after successful associative mnemonic training
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Functional Brain Imaging (UFBI).
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Functional Brain Imaging (UFBI). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Diagnostic Radiology. Centre for Functional and Diagnostic Imaging and Research, Copenhagen University Hospital – Amager and Hvidovre, Copenhagen, Denmark; Institute of Sports Medicine Copenhagen (ISMC) and Department of Neurology, Copenhagen University Hospital, Bispebjerg, Copenhagen, Denmark; Institute for Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4458-6475
Gothenburg, Sweden.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Functional Brain Imaging (UFBI). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Integrative Medical Biology (IMB). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Diagnostic Radiology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3367-1746
2023 (English)In: Journal of Cognitive Enhancement, ISSN 2509-3290, Vol. 7, no 3-4, p. 159-172Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Generalization of training to support the performance on new tasks—transfer—has been much studied. One hypothesis is that transfer occurs if overlapping neuronal circuits are engaged in both training and transfer tasks. Here, we investigated transfer effects in the domain of episodic memory by following 356 participants between 20 and 83 years who downloaded and used a smart phone application to practice the method of loci (MoL) over 3 months. We measured transfer of MoL training to three associative memory tasks with hypothesized neurocognitive overlap (binding in the hippocampus) with the trained task. Transfer tasks were administered at the beginning of training and when two specific proficiency levels in Loci training were reached. Results showed robust transfer effects across the age span at both levels. These results indicate that app-based strategy training can lead to enhancement of episodic memory beyond the specific training task, which may have clinical implementations.

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Springer Nature, 2023. Vol. 7, no 3-4, p. 159-172
Keywords [en]
Aging, Episodic memory training, Mnemonics, Strategy training, The method of loci, Transfer effects
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Neurosciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-215935DOI: 10.1007/s41465-023-00273-yISI: 001087509300001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85174607278OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-215935DiVA, id: diva2:1809177
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Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, 2015.0277Available from: 2023-11-02 Created: 2023-11-02 Last updated: 2024-01-11Bibliographically approved

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