Prospective Memory

Hey friends,

I recently read a really interesting study on prospective memory, which is about the memory for delayed intentions.

For example, when you say that you'll call someone back in a couple of days, you're relying on your prospective memory to fulfill that intention and remember in a couple of days that you need to make that call.

Specifically, you must:

Form your intention and plan what you will do. Store your intention in retrospective memory for later recall. When it's time to act, inhibit your current task and switch to do the intended action as planned. The study clearly showed, as expected, that people with ADHD have far worse prospective memory than neurotypical people.

A lot of the conclusions of the study pointed to procrastination and difficulties with time and future planning as being key factors in these prospective memory deficits. If you want to get into the nitty gritty, you can view the original article.

In other news, I've been considering putting together some sort of online community for ADHD creators. I'm not sure exactly what that will look like, but I'm excited by the potential!

If you are interested, send me a message and let me know.

Stay focused,

Jesse J. Anderson

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Quote of the week

I am not absentminded. It is the presence of mind that makes me unaware of everything else.

— G. K. Chesterton