Dr. Raymond Chan was invited by the organizing committee of the 4th International Conference on Prospective Memory (ICPM) to make an oral presentation in Suor Orsola Benincase University, Naples, Italy durng May 26-30, 2014.
The ICPM is intended as a venue for learning about all aspects of prospective memory, a relatively new topic in psychology and cognitive neuroscience. It focuses on recent theoretical developments, breakthrough empirical discoveries, creative methodological solutions as well as applications to or implications for special populations and situations. The aim for the conference is to stimulate learning and discussion and to foster networking among researchers. The Naples 2014 conference was the 4th Prospective Memory Conference and has attracted over 120 scholars in this field, including its pioneers, such as Prof. Mark McDaniel, Gilles Einstein, Maria Brandimonte, Matthias Kliegel, Todd Braver, Peter Rendell, Rebekah Smith, and David Shum and other experts from all over the world.
Dr. Raymond Chan has given a speech on the topic of “Prospective memory impairments in patients with first-episode schizophrenia: A 1-year follow-up study”. His talk mainly illustrated the trajectory changes of prospective memory and its relationship to clinical symptoms over the first year since the onset of the illness. The findings suggested that prospective memory impairments, in particular time-based domain, had been demonstrated in patients with first-episode psychosis. The deficit improved but remained severe as compared to controls at the end of the 12-month period. Dr. Chan finally highlighted the importance of prospective memory as a promising endophenotypic marker linking genetic components and clinical features of schizophrenia. Besides, Drs. Ya Wang and Tian-xiao Yang of the NACN Lab also made poster presentations on “Negative but not positive emotional cues facilitate prospective memory” and “Meta-analysis of the effect of implementation intention on event-based prospective memory”, respectively.