Melanie Holdaway

Doctor of Clinical Psychology
Study Completed: 2012
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
The effects of late-life depression on memory

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Mrs Holdaway investigated the impact of depression on several different types of memory in older adults, and compared the results to those of a group of younger adults. Her findings were largely in agreement with those of past research, depression tended to have negative consequences for memory. As expected, the younger group outperformed the older group on all memory tests, but the small effect of depression on memory was much the same for the two age groups. One major implication of the study was that the way the concepts of depression and memory are defined and measured needs to be reviewed to ensure consistency in research.

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