Trait impulsivity and prospective memory abilities: An exploratory study

Julie Chang, Scott R. Carlson

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Abstract

Both impulsivity and prospective memory may be related to executive functioning. This study was the first to examine if prospective memory is related to trait impulsivity.Seventy-eight undergraduate students completed one self-report and two laboratory measures of prospective memory, as well as the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale-11. Higher levels of trait impulsivity were not significantly associated with prospective memory task performance; however, impulsivity was related to self-report of prospective memory problems. Individuals with relatively worse prospective memory appeared to rely on a clock-checking tactic to improve task performance. Such compensatory behaviors may be effectively deployed over short periods by people with chronic prospective memory problems when such memory abilities are made salient, but may be difficult to maintain in day-to-day life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)40-44
Number of pages5
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume56
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

Keywords

  • Impulsivity
  • Individual differences
  • Personality traits
  • Prospective memory

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