Title

Personality characteristics are independently associated with prospective memory in the laboratory, and in daily Life, among older adults

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Elsevier

School

School of Medical and Health Sciences

Comments

Originally published as: McCabe, K. A., Woods, S. P., Weinborn, M., Sohrabi, H., Rainey-Smith, S., Brown, B. M., ... & Martins, R. N. (2018). Personality characteristics are independently associated with prospective memory in the laboratory, and in daily Life, among older adults. Journal of Research in Personality, 76, 32-37. Original article available here

Abstract

Prospective memory (PM) can deteriorate with age and adversely influence health behaviours. Research suggests that personality is related to PM in healthy young adults, but we know little about the role of personality in the PM amongst older adults. Community-dwelling older adults (N = 152) completed the NEO Five-Factor Inventory-3 and PM measures. After adjusting for demographics and general cognition, higher neuroticism and lower levels of openness were independently associated with lower objectively-measured time- and event-based PM. Lower conscientiousness was the only personality predictor of self-reported everyday PM failures. Findings indicate that personality plays a role in PM functioning in the laboratory and daily life.

DOI

10.1016/j.jrp.2018.06.006

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