Year of Award


Document Type


Degree Type

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Name

Clinical Psychology

Department or School/College

Department of Psychology

Committee Chair

Craig P. McFarland

Commitee Members

Stuart Hall, Chris Fiore, Allen Szalda-Petree, Catherine Off


Event-based, Intentions, Prospective Memory, Stress, Time-based


University of Montana


Given the importance and prevalence of Prospective Memory (PM) in daily life and the common experience of stress, it is critical to understand the relations between them. Despite a growing literature base, the answers to some of the simplest questions about these relations remain unanswered. The present study was designed to investigate the relations between both acute and chronic stress and time- and event-based PM. Several methodological features make this study unique and may contribute to a broadening of our understanding of PM in daily life. The results of the present study revealed that chronic stress was negatively correlated with strategic clock monitoring and time-based PM. On the other hand, chronic stress measures did not correlate significantly with either focal or non-focal event-based PM. Acute stress was not correlated with significant differences in PM performance. Prospective memory performance was not significantly correlated with time of day, nor did time of day help to account for the general null findings between acute stress and PM abilities. Continuing to explore the nuanced ways in which stress and PM interact will clarify whether different types of stress can be beneficial or detrimental to one’s ability to complete intentions in the future, and under what conditions.



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