Cognition and prospective memory

Prospective Memory (PM) is the ability to remember to perform actions in the future. More recently the group has also started investigating the related area of future thinking which is the ability to imagine oneself in a situation in the future (sometimes referred to as mental time travel). Research by the Centre has shown prospective memory and future thinking are both very sensitive to normal and abnormal ageing, as well as a range of neurological or psychiatric problems, and that abilities in prospective memory and future thinking are critical for developing and maintaining independent living. This research is led by Director, Professor Peter Rendell. He has developed Virtual Week, a computer-based program which assesses prospective memory. This is recognised as the most ecologically valid and reliable measure of prospective memory. This program has been translated into over 10 languages, and is used in major cognitive neuropsychology research labs.

In addition to Prospective Memory and Future Thinking, the Centre also investigates decision making in young and older adults and opiate users. Does ageing and taking opiates hinder the decision making process? The Centre also looks at facial expression recognition, which is the ability to identify the emotional content of other people's facial expressions.

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