College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychology

Memory in Older Adulthood and Dementia Research Program


Our Purpose

To examine different types of memory abilities and how they relate to activities that older adults are involved with everyday. The project goal is to better understand memory disorders in older adulthood and to develop programs to help with those difficulties.

Who We Are Looking For

We are seeking individuals who are age 50 years or older who are currently experiencing memory problems or who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

Time Involved

Participation includes a phone interview to see if you will be eligible for the study. We will also ask you if we can interview someone who knows you well. Those who are eligible will be asked to participate in about 4-6 hours of testing that can be spread over a few days.

Tasks Involved in Participation

The research involves an interview, several paper and pencil tests and tasks on a computer. The tasks are like "brain teasers." You will also be asked to fill out surveys about your memory and everyday problem-solving abilities.

To be in the study you must be able to speak English fluently and have no history of significant brain surgery, stroke or heart attack, brain damage sustained earlier from a known cause (e.g., hypoxia), or a neurodegenerative disease like Parkinson's disease or Multiple Sclerosis.

Societal Benefits

You will be contributing information that could help us to better understand memory disorders and that could lead to programs that improve everyday memory skills for older adults.

Individual Benefits

You will be given your results from tests of attention, memory, language, and problem solving relative to others your age. This information may be useful in your current or future medical care. In addition, some individuals may be eligible to participate in a memory notebook treatment program. There is no cost to participate.

Where and When

This study is being conducted at Washington State University at the Pullman campus or in Spokane. Other arrangements may also be made. Scheduling is flexible. Call (509) 335-4033 (extension 2)


To obtain additional information or if you are interested in participating in this study, please call the WSU research message line and leave your name and phone number at: (509) 335-4033 (extension 2). Your call will be returned by a member of the Memory in Older Adulthood and in Dementia Research Program

Principle Investigator

Dr. Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe, Ph.D. (509) 335-0170. Associate Professor, Washington State University. This project has been reviewed and approved by the Washington State University Institutional Review Board.

Call (509) 335-4033 (extension 2)

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