Preschoolers begin to differentiate the times of events from throughout the lifespan

Grant, Janie Busby and Suddendorf, Thomas (2009) Preschoolers begin to differentiate the times of events from throughout the lifespan. European Journal of Development Psychology, 6 6: 746-762. doi:10.1080/17405620802102947

Author Grant, Janie Busby
Suddendorf, Thomas
Title Preschoolers begin to differentiate the times of events from throughout the lifespan
Journal name European Journal of Development Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1740-5610
Publication date 2009-11
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/17405620802102947
Volume 6
Issue 6
Start page 746
End page 762
Total pages 17
Editor Willem Koops
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Psychology Press
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
Abstract Three-, 4- and 5-year-old children were presented with simple timelines of past and future and asked to place pictures representing different events at appropriate places. Events came from three rough temporal groupings for both past and future (24 hours, 12 months and several years). Placement of items in the categories improved with age. Three-year-olds placed events that occurred years ago further away on the past timeline than events that had occurred more recently, but they failed to discriminate between the times of future events. Four-year-olds performed no better than 3-year-olds on the past timeline, but successfully differentiated daily events from more remote future events. Five-year-olds differentiated between all three temporal categories of events in both the past and future. The ability to localize events at distinct points in time appears to undergo major transition during the preschool years.
Keyword Cognitive development
Mental time travel
Episodic future thinking
Young childrens ability
Past events
Autobiographical memory
Childhood amnesia
Human mind
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: 2010 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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