Autobiographical recall training in elderly adults with subjective memory complaint: A pilot study

Dario Grossi, Alfredo Postiglione, Bruno Schettini, Luigi Trojano, Anna Maria Barbarulo, Valentina Giugliano, Elisabetta Ambron, Assunta Aiello

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Subjective memory complaint is a self-reported memory impairment which affects elderly people. This problem does not interfere with daily living activities but could decrease quality of life. This study's purpose was to verify whether a specific, newly developed, autobiographical recall training could modify self-perception of memory of subjects with subjective memory complaint. Seven elderly subjects (4 women and 3 men; mean age 65.5 yr., SD= 11) with such complaint, evidenced through a specific questionnaire, attended the training course and were prospectively assessed on standard neuropsychological tests, depressive symptomatology, and self-perception of memory. Self-perception of memory, as assessed by scores on a formalized questionnaire, improved significantly after the training, while depressive symptoms did not change. Neuropsychological performances were normal before and after the training, but a statistically significant improvement was observed only on the phonological fluency test. Thus the present pilot study suggested that the training may be effective in improving self-perception of memory and metamnestic capacity in elderly people with subjective memory complaints but not in changing subjects' depressive symptoms. This requires replication of this work with a much larger sample so statistical power is adequate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)621-628
Number of pages8
JournalPerceptual and Motor Skills
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology


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