Unité de recherche en sciences cognitives et affectives (Ureca-EA 1059), Université de Lille 3, France
Lunam Université, Université d’Angers et Laboratoire de psychologie des Pays de la Loire (EA 4638), France
Centre mémoire de ressources et de recherches, CHU Angers, France
Centre national de référence des maladies neurogénétiques, CHU Angers, France
Until recently, little was known about destination memory, or memory for the destination of outputted information. In the present work, this memory was evaluated in 32 older adults and 36 younger adults, who had to associate proverbs to pictures of famous people and decide, on a subsequent recognition task, whether they had previously told that proverb to that face or not. When deciding about the destination, participants had to provide contextual judgment, that is, whether each picture had been previously exposed in color or in black and white. Participants also performed a neuropsychological battery tapping episodic memory and executive functions. Findings showed poor destination recall in older participants. Destination recall in older adults was reliably predicted by with their context recall. Destination memory seems to be particularly affected by aging, a deterioration that can be related to deficits in processing contextual features during encoding.