Anna Maria Barbarulo

Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist, PhD of Neuroscience

Name Anna Maria
Surname Barbarulo
Institution Università degli Studi della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli
Address II Division of Neurology & Center fo Rare Diseases Department of Medical Surgical, Neurological, Metabolic Sciences, and Aging, University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Edificio 10 Via Sergio Pansini, 580131 Naples, Italy
Anna Maria Barbarulo


  • Autobiographical recall training in elderly adults with subjective memory complaint: a pilot study.

    Publication Date: 01/04/2007 on Perceptual and motor skills
    by Grossi D, Postiglione A, Schettini B, Trojano L, Barbarulo AM, Giugliano V, Ambron E, Aiello A
    DOI: 10.2466/pms.104.2.621-628

    Subjective memory complaint is a self-reported memory impairment which affects elderly people. This problem does not interfere with daily living activities but could decrease quality of life. This study's purpose was to verify whether a specific, newly developed, autobiographical recall training could modify self-perception of memory of subjects with subjective memory complaint. Seven elderly subjects (4 women and 3 men; mean age 65.5 yr., SD=11) with such complaint, evidenced through a specific questionnaire, attended the training course and were prospectively assessed on standard neuropsychological tests, depressive symptomatology, and self-perception of memory. Self-perception of memory, as assessed by scores on a formalized questionnaire, improved significantly after the training, while depressive symptoms did not change. Neuropsychological performances were normal before and after the training, but a statistically significant improvement was observed only on the phonological fluency test. Thus the present pilot study suggested that the training may be effective in improving self-perception of memory and metamnestic capacity in elderly people with subjective memory complaints but not in changing subjects' depressive symptoms. This requires replication of this work with a much larger sample so statistical power is adequate.