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SenseCam: A new tool for memory rehabilitation?


The emergence of life-logging technologies has led neuropsychologist to focus on understanding how this new technology could help patients with memory disorders. Despite the growing number of studies using life-logging technologies, a theoretical framework supporting its effectiveness is lacking. This review focuses on the use of life-logging in the context of memory rehabilitation, particularly the use of SenseCam, a wearable camera allowing passive image capture. In our opinion, reviewing SenseCam images can be effective for memory rehabilitation only if it provides more than an assessment of prior occurrence in ways that reinstates previous thoughts, feelings and sensory information, thus stimulating recollection. Considering the fact that, in memory impairment, self-initiated processes are impaired, we propose that the environmental support hypothesis can explain the value of SenseCam for memory retrieval. Twenty-five research studies were selected for this review and despite the general acceptance of the value of SenseCam as a memory technique, only a small number of studies focused on recollection. We discuss the usability of this tool to improve episodic memory and in particular, recollection.

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hal-01467185 , version 1 (14-02-2017)



Lydia Dubourg, Ana Rita Silva, Christophe Fitamen, Chris J. A. Moulin, Céline Souchay. SenseCam: A new tool for memory rehabilitation?. Revue Neurologique, 2016, 172 (12), pp.735-747. ⟨10.1016/j.neurol.2016.03.009⟩. ⟨hal-01467185⟩
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