Sarah presented her recent work on age differences in event segmentation at the 2022 Rotman Research Institute Conference and received an Outstanding Poster Presentation award
The Campbell lab has been awarded a $340K Project Grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to look at the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying age-related declines in associative memory and to develop a novel technique to improve older adults' memory for events in everyday life.
Associative memory, or the ability to link different pieces of information together (e.g., a face and a name), underlies our ability to remember entire events from our lives. This type of memory helps you remember details such as where you were and who you were with during a particular life event. Associative memory is known to decline with age and is one of the first forms of memory to be affected by dementia, which currently afflicts over half a million Canadians at an annual cost of $10.4 billion. Despite the heavy cost to Canadians, both financially and in terms of quality of life, we still have a poor understanding of why associative memory declines with age.
Thus, the primary goal of the proposed research is to advance our understanding of the
cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying age-related declines in associative memory and to develop a simple technique that older adults can use in everyday life to improve their memory for events.