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Michelle Livengood

2008 Research

Abstract: Memory Self-Awareness Following TBI: Evaluating "Offline Assessment" and  "Online Assessment" Methodologies

Mentor: Dr. Jonathan Anderson, Psychology

We examined memory self-awareness individuals with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) using "online assessment"and "offline assessment"methodologies. Twenty-three participants with TBI and 23 matched controls participated in this study. "Offline assessment" of memory involved contrasting TBI patient self-ratings of memory functioning with assessments from controls and objective memory tests. "Online assessment" of memory was assessed by comparing the predicted amount of information participants would remember following trial 1, trial 5, and a 20-minute delay with actual memory performance on list-learning and visual-spatial memory tests. As expected, TBI participants displayed poorer recall for newly learned information than controls, but no significant group differences emerged in the "online assessment" of memory self-awareness. Counter to expectations, the TBI group provided similar ratings of their memory functioning as knowledgeable informants. These findings suggest intact memory self-awareness following TBI during the early stages of recovery.

Presentations

12th Annual EWU Student Research and Creative Works Symposium: May 20, 2009

WPA Portland: April 22-26, 2009

Internat. Neuropsych (INS) Feb11-14, 2009, Atlanta, GA

11th Annual Research & CW Symposium, EWU, May 14, 2008

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