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Bridget Burmester

Doctor of Philosophy, (Psychology)
Study Completed: 2017
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
Understanding Subjective Memory Complaints in Ageing

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Everyday memory difficulties are a common experience that become more frequent with age. Many people worry that these memory difficulties are early signs of dementia, although research shows that they are not a good reflection of people's actual memory abilities. Mrs Burmester's research examined whether there was a better way to explain what causes everyday memory difficulties. She conducted a survey of 400 people aged 40 and above and subsequently worked with a subgroup of 94 volunteers one-on-one to see how their difficulties related to other aspects of their abilities and functioning. For the first time she showed that everyday memory difficulties can result from a combination of three factors: how we assess the memory difficulties, a person's emotional wellbeing, and their brain speed.

Professor Janet Leathem
Associate Professor Paul Merrick

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