Magic memories: young children's verbal recall after a 6-year delay

Jack, Fiona, Simcock, Gabrielle and Hayne, Harlene (2012) Magic memories: young children's verbal recall after a 6-year delay. Child Development, 83 1: 159-172. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8624.2011.01699.x


Author Jack, Fiona
Simcock, Gabrielle
Hayne, Harlene
Title Magic memories: young children's verbal recall after a 6-year delay
Journal name Child Development   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0009-3920
1467-8624
Publication date 2012-01-01
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2011.01699.x
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 83
Issue 1
Start page 159
End page 172
Total pages 14
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ, United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Subject 3204 Developmental and Educational Psychology
2735 Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
3304 Education
Formatted abstract
This report describes the first prospective study specifically designed to assess children's verbal memory for a unique event 6years after it occurred. Forty-six 27- to 51-month-old children took part in a unique event and were interviewed about it twice, after 24-hr and 6-year delays. During the 6-year interview, 9 children verbally recalled the event, including 2 who were under 3years old when the event occurred. This may be the most convincing evidence to date that such early experiences can be verbally recalled after long delays. These data have important implications for current theories of memory development and childhood amnesia and underscore some of the problems associated with evaluating the veracity of early memories under less controlled conditions.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Psychology Publications
 
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