Women outperform men in remembering to remember


The study of gender differences in prospective memory (i.e., remembering to remember) has received modest attention in the literature. The few reported studies investigating either subjective or objective evaluations of prospective memory have shown inconsistent data. In this study, we aimed to verify the presence of gender differences during the performance of an objective prospective memory test by considering the weight of specific variables such as length of delay, type of response, and type of cue. We submitted a sample of 100 healthy Italian participants (50 men and 50 women) to a test expressly developed to assess prospective memory: The Memory for Intentions Screening Test. Women performed better than men in remembering to do an event-based task (i.e., prompted by an external event) and when the task required a physical response modality. We discuss the behavioural differences that emerged by considering the possible role of sociological, biological, neuroanatomical, and methodological variables.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/17470218.2015.1023734
Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: gender differences,memory for intentions,prospective memory,Physiology,Physiology (medical),Psychology(all),Experimental and Cognitive Psychology,Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
Publication ISSN: 1747-0226
Full Text Link: http://www.tand ... 18.2015.1023734
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2016
Published Online Date: 2015-04-08
Accepted Date: 2015-02-18
Submitted Date: 2014-03-23
Authors: Palermo, Liana (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-8047-7201)
Cinelli, Maria Cristina
Piccardi, Laura
Ciurli, Paola
Incoccia, Chiara
Zompanti, Laura
Guariglia, Cecilia



Version: Accepted Version

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