Event-based prospective memory in children with sickle cell disease: effect of cue distinctiveness.

Child neuropsychology : a journal on normal and abnormal development in childhood and adolescence

PubMedID: 20301010

McCauley SR, Pedroza C. Event-based prospective memory in children with sickle cell disease: effect of cue distinctiveness. Child Neuropsychol. 2010;16(3):293-312.
Event-based prospective memory (EB-PM) is the formation of an intention and remembering to perform it in response to a specific event. Currently, EB-PM performance in children with sickle cell disease (SCD) is unknown. In this study, we designed a computer-based task of EB-PM; No-Stroke, Silent-Infarct, and Overt-Stroke groups performed significantly below the demographically similar control group without SCD. Cue distinctiveness was varied to determine if EB-PM could be improved. All groups, with the exception of the Overt-Stroke group, performed significantly better with a perceptually distinctive cue. Overall, these results suggest that EB-PM can be improved significantly in many children with SCD.