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False memory formation during Covid-19 quarantine: age, sleep quality and emotional variables
MATÍAS BONILLA; FACUNDO URRETA BENÍTEZ; CANDELA LEON; NATALIA LIPPMANN MAZZAGLIA; CAMILA CALVO; MANUEL GARRIDO; CECILIA FORCATO
Congreso; XXXV Anual Virtual Meeting of the Argentinean Society of Neuroscience; 2020
Aging is a crucial factor in the formation of false memories. Older adults are prone to create ahigher rate of false memories. Anxiety and depression as well as sleep quality were affected byCovid-19 pandemic situation. Preliminary studies of our Lab showed that codification andconsolidation of episodic memories as well as recognition were impaired in young adults. Thus,we hypothesized that facial recognition of perpetrators involved in criminal events had to beimpaired. Participants watched a video of a criminal act on day 1. On day 2 they had torecognize the perpetrator on a facial recognition round. Based on age range a significantdifference was observed in the proportion of correct recall. Older people recognized theperpetrator significantly less than teens (21.74%, 50% respectively) and they did not differ withyoung adults (31.25%). There were no significant differences in the self-confidence rate (~68%)between groups, even if the perpetrator was recognized or not. Older adults who slept worseand those who scored higher in anxiety traits had more false recognitions. It is important tohighlight that the overall recognition rate was low (35%). We suggest that this deficientperformance was due to the actual stressful situation and the consequences in the sleep quality.Thus, it is important to have these results in consideration if a facial recognition round has to becarried out in this context to define someone's life destiny.