Prospective memory impairment in mild cognitive impairment: An analytical review

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a heterogeneous condition characterized by the presence in an otherwise healthy elderly individual of cognitive deficits involving specific domains in the absence of significant functional impairments. Reports indicate that prospective memory (PM), that is, the ability to remember to execute delayed intentions, is impaired in individuals with MCI. The present review discusses the current debate in the literature on PM functioning in MCI by focusing on the relationship between prospective retrieval and retrospective memory functioning. Analysis of the reported evidence revealed that both the prospective component and the retrospective component of PM can be impaired in MCI. Declarative memory dysfunction may account for the retrospective memory impairment, while either reduced executive abilities or a deficit of reflexive mechanisms could explain the prospective component impairment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)390-404
Number of pages15
JournalNeuropsychology Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011


  • Dementia
  • Episodic memory
  • Executive functions
  • Mild cognitive impairment
  • Prospective memory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology


Dive into the research topics of 'Prospective memory impairment in mild cognitive impairment: An analytical review'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this