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Topics at Noon – Summer 2015
July 16, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Memory is in the mind of the beholder: Predictors and phenomenological aspects of subjective cognitive decline in older adults
Rachel Buckley PhD
Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences
University of Melbourne
Subjective cognitive decline (SCD) is a common phenomenon in the normal population, particularly in the elderly. There is still uncertainty as to whether SCD is indicative of future memory decline, and progression to dementia, or whether it is driven by mood or stress-related factors. Current methods of measuring memory complaints involve questionnaires that probe the presence or severity of a complaint but do not delve into the phenomenological aspects of SCD, which might be a more sensitive gauge of those who are ‘at risk’ of future conversion. The research that I will present has three aims: 1) to identify the phenomenological aspects of SCD in older adults, 2) to examine how these phenomenological aspects in relation to cognitive variables, AD biomarkers and informant appraisals, and 3) to ascertain potential cognitive mechanisms that could explain the discrepancy between SCD and objective cognitive performance.
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