Friday, September 30, 2011


Microsoft's research project: SenseCam

SenseCam and memory functioning

Here is a recently published research study:

SenseCam improves memory for recent events and quality of life in a patient with memory retrieval difficulties.
Memory. 2011 Sep 26;
Browne G, Berry E, Kapur N, Hodges S, Smyth G, Watson P, Wood K


A wearable camera that takes pictures automatically, SenseCam, was used to generate images for rehearsal, promoting consolidation and retrieval of memories for significant events in a patient with memory retrieval deficits. SenseCam images of recent events were systematically reviewed over a 2-week period. Memory for these events was assessed throughout and longer-term recall was tested up to 6 months later. A written diary control condition followed the same procedure. The SenseCam review procedure resulted in significantly more details of an event being recalled, with twice as many details recalled at 6 months follow up compared to the written diary method. Self-report measures suggested autobiographical recollection was triggered by the SenseCam condition but not by reviewing the written diary. Emotional and social wellbeing questionnaires indicated improved confidence and decreased anxiety as a result of memory rehearsal using SenseCam images. We propose that SenseCam images provide a powerful boost to autobiographical recall, with secondary benefits for quality of life.

PMID: 21942784 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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