Dissociations between memory for temporal order and recognition memory in aging

Monica Fabiani, David Friedman

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Young and old subjects participated in an experiment in which trials testing memory for temporal order (recency memory) and recognition memory were randomly intermixed with study trials in a continuous sequence. A dissociation was found between recency and recognition memory performance for pictorial stimuli. Relative to young adults, older adults performed at chance on recency memory trials whereas they were not impaired on recognition memory. Recency performance was correlated with measures derived from the Wisconsin Card Sorting test, whereas recognition performance was not. The results are discussed in terms of the role of the frontal lobes in temporal-order memory and of possible frontal lobe deterioration in normal aging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-141
Number of pages13
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 16 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Aging
  • Frontal lobes
  • Recency memory
  • Recognition memory
  • Wisconsin Card Sorting test

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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