Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Jane Berry


Personality as measured by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator has been shown to change with age. Specifically, older adults become more sensing, while younger adults remain more intuitive on the SN dimension. Memory and the use of mnemonic strategies, or memory aids, changes with age as well. Older adults typically report more problems with their memory, yet use fewer memory strategy aids. If adults learn and use memory aids consistent with intuitive processing in youth, the hypothesized transition to a more sensing modality in old age may cause the use of intuitive strategies to decline. Thus, the finding that older adults may use memory aids less frequently than younger adults may be partially explained in terms of personality type. The present study hypothesizes a mediation model of personality and memory change with age. Preliminary support for a partial mediation model is presented.

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