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Exploring the basis and boundary conditions of SenseCam-facilitated recollection
BARNARD, P.J., MURPHY, F. C. ; Carthery-Goulart, M-T, RAMPONI, C, and Clare, L.
Memory, 19(7), 768-777
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SenseCam review has been shown to promote and sustain subsequent access to memories that might otherwise remain inaccessible. While SenseCam review facilitates recollection for personally-experienced events, we know little about the boundary conditions under which this operates and about how underlying processing mechanisms can be optimally recruited to offset memory impairments of the sort that occur in dementia. This paper considers some of these issues with a view to targeting future research that not only clarifies our evolving body of theory about how memory works, but also informs how memory-assistive technologies for patients might be employed to maximal effect. We begin by outlining key factors that are known to influence recollection. We then examine variability in the decline of memory function both in normal ageing and in dementia. Attention is drawn to similarities in the recollection deficits associated with depression and dementia, and we suggest that this may reflect shared underlying mechanisms. We conclude by intersecting what is known about key SenseCam capabilities with emerging priorities and by outlining how these are being addressed in ongoing research.