Aromas of Salvia species enhance everyday prospective memory performance in healthy young adults

Moss, Mark, Rouse, Michelle and Moss, Lucy (2014) Aromas of Salvia species enhance everyday prospective memory performance in healthy young adults. Advances in Chemical Engineering and Science, 4. pp. 339-346. ISSN 2160-0392

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Abstract

Research has previously demonstrated that aromas of both Salvia officinalis and Salvia lavandulaefolia are capable of modulating aspects of retrospective memory, attention and mood. This study is the first to report the potential for these aromas to enhance everyday prospective memory performance in healthy young adults. In an independent groups design, three conditions, Salvia officinalis aroma, Saliva lavandulaefolia aroma and no aroma were employed with 45 healthy volunteers in each condition. Prospective memory performance was assessed using the Prospective Remembering Video Procedure. Data analysis revealed that the Salvia officinalis aroma group performed significantly better than the control group on both event and action subscales of the prospective memory task. Saliva lavandulaefolia aroma only led to enhancement for the event measure when compared to controls. No differences were found between the aroma conditions. These findings offer support for those previously reported for the effects of the aromas of Salvia sp. on cognition and again demonstrate differential effects of the two aromas. The results are considered in terms of pharmacological mechanisms.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Mark Moss
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2014 13:47
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2016 10:43
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/17176

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