Measuring Memory Lapses and Their Impact on Daily Life: Results From Two Daily Diary Studies

Jacqueline Mogle, Jennifer R. Turner, Laura A. Rabin, Martin J. Sliwinski, Ruixue Zhaoyang, Nikki L. Hill

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Memory lapses (e.g., forgetting a medication) are common for most people, yet past methods of assessment relied upon retrospective reports from long recall windows. Recently, researchers have incorporated daily diary methods to capture memory lapse frequency closer to the experience in real-world environments. This study describes the utility of the Daily Memory Lapses Checklist using data from two 14-day diary studies (Combined Sample = 467; 66% women). Frequency and impact (i.e., irritation and interference) of prospective and retrospective memory lapses were assessed at both individual- and daily levels. Across studies, memory lapses occurred on more than one-third of assessment days. Retrospective lapses were reported more frequently than prospective; however, both lapses had a similar impact. The Daily Memory Lapses Checklist represents a flexible measure that separates the occurrence of a memory lapse from its impact on daily life: metrics that will enhance our understanding of daily experiences of cognitive functioning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1454-1466
Number of pages13
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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