ENHANCING OLDER ADULTS’ EVERYDAY MEMORY FUNCTION
TARGET AGE GROUP: Older Adults (70 – 85 years old)
STUDY TYPE: 6-8 Week Virtual/Remote Study
DURATION: Participation in this study is expected to last approximately 35 – 40 hours over the course of six to eight weeks.
COMPENSATION: Community-dwelling adults that meet our research criteria are eligible for financial compensation. Please contact us for more information.
DESCRIPTION: The purpose of this study is to see if different types of memory training can help older adults with everyday functioning. First, participants will be asked to attend a virtual session where they will complete an intake interview and then complete online pretest forms on the computer. Then, participants will take part in one of two types of memory courses, which last three hours per day for four days over the course of 2 weeks. Following the memory courses, participants will be asked to participate in one week of coaching, where they will be regularly contacted over the telephone by the research team. During this time, they will also record when they have a memory issue or success using a smartphone provided by the research team. Following the coaching week, participants will continue reporting their daily experiences for one more week. Finally, they will complete online posttest forms and a debriefing session. Data collected from participants during this study include information about their memory and mood, daily reports of their memory function, and interview information about their habits and routines. Participation in this study can be done fully remotely.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Participants in this study must (1) be able to access to the internet by computer, (2) be between 70 and 85 years of age, (3) be English-speaking, (4) identify as in fair to good health, (5) not have a diagnosed illness that can cause impairment in cognitive functioning (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease or vascular dementia), and (6) located in the United States during the time of participation.
LEAD RESEARCHERS: Dr. Chris Hertzog, Dr. Ann Pearman, MacKenzie Hughes, Emily Lustig, Taylor Curley, and Clara Coblenz
Please email (EMMI@psych.gatech.edu) or call (404-894-3155) for more information.
Learning and Retrieval Strategies for Words and Categories
TARGET AGE GROUP: Young Adult (GT students); Older Adult (60 – 80)
STUDY TYPE: 2-Part Study
DURATION: 60 minutes (Part 1), 60 Minutes (Part 2)
CREDITS: 1 (Part 1), 1 (Part 2) – 2 Maximum
COMPENSATION: Community-dwelling adults between the ages of 60 and 80 that meet our research criteria are eligible for financial compensation. Please contact us for more information.
DESCRIPTION: In this experiment, participants will study a series of category labels and associated words and will be asked to remember these items at a later time as well as provide judgments of confidence in remembering these items. This experiment involves two sessions and each session will take approximately 60 minutes to complete (120 minutes total). One session will occur on your first visit while the second session will occur 48 hours later. You will receive 1 Sona credit for each session that you participate in, and the maximum number of credits that can be earned by any one participant is 2.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Must be at least 18 years of age.
LEAD RESEARCHERS: Dr. Chris Hertzog and Taylor Curley
Click HERE to sign up on Sona.