Reward-Enhanced Memory in Younger and Older Adults

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Julia Spaniol ; Cécile Schain ; Holly J. Bowen (2014)
  • Journal: Journals of Gerontology: Series B, volume 69, issue 5, pages 730-740
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbt044
  • Subject:
    mesheuropmc: psychological phenomena and processes

Objectives. We investigated how the anticipation of remote monetary reward modulates intentional episodic memory formation in younger and older adults. On the basis of prior findings of preserved reward–cognition interactions in aging, we predicted that reward anticipation would be associated with enhanced memory in both younger and older adults. On the basis of previous demonstrations of a time-dependent effect of reward anticipation on memory, we expected the memory enhancement to increase with study–test delay.
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