June 14, 2023 18:12

Takuya Sekiguchi, Research Scientist of the Cognitive Behavioral Assistive Technology Team at RIKEN AIP has published a research paper titled “Time-orientations of older adults in group conversations and their association with memory functioning” in Current Psychology, a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

Takuya Sekiguchi (Research Scientist, Cognitive Behavioral Assistive Technology Team)
Hikaru Sugimoto (Postdoctoral Researcher, Cognitive Behavioral Assistive Technology Team)
Seiki Tokunaga (Postdoctoral Researcher, Cognitive Behavioral Assistive Technology Team)
Mihoko Otake-Matsuura (Team Leader, Cognitive Behavioral Assistive Technology Team)

* Titles are as of the time of acceptance of the paper

This study reveals how time-orientations of older adults are associated with their memory functioning. Time-orientation refers to the tendency of an individual to attach importance to a specific time, and there have been various perspectives from which to measure it. This study categorized older adults’ utterances in their group conversations in terms of time. In particular, we focused on the categories ‘past’ and ‘recent’, with a view to contrasting remote memory with recent memory, and examined the relationship between the number of utterances characterized by these categories and scores of logical memory tests. The result showed that older adults with a higher logical memory functioning (i.e., those who can recall well what they have heard recently) were associated with frequencies of their utterances that mixed past experience and knowledge and those about recent knowledge.

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