Event Perception: Translations and Applications

Lauren L. Richmond, David A. Gold, Jeffrey M. Zacks

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Event segmentation is the parsing of ongoing activity into meaningful events. Segmenting in a normative fashion—identifying event boundaries similar to others’ boundaries—is associated with better memory for and better performance of naturalistic actions. Given this, a reasonable hypothesis is that interventions that improve memory and attention for everyday events could lead to improvement in domains that are important for independent living, particularly in older populations. Event segmentation and memory measures may also be effective diagnostic tools for estimating people's ability to carry out tasks of daily living. Such measures preserve the rich, naturalistic character of everyday activity, but are easy to quantify in a laboratory or clinical setting. Therefore, event segmentation and memory measures may be useful proxies for clinicians to assess everyday functioning in patient populations and an appropriate target for interventions aimed at improving everyday memory and tasks of daily living.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-120
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2017


  • Activities of daily living
  • Event perception
  • Everyday memory
  • Intervention
  • Rehabilitation
  • Remediation


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