Momentous Events and the Life Story
Memories of specific life episodes, termed personal event memories, have only recently become a focus of systematic research. In this article, memories of momentous events are analyzed from a functional perspective. First, personal event memory is defined. Second, research on the temporal organization of specific memories across the life span is described. Third, psychological functions served by remembering momentous events are illustrated. Fourth, variations in the structure and content of autobiographical memory are identified. Finally, potential connections to clinical and educational practice are discussed.
Review of General Psychology
American Psychological Association
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Pillemer, David B. Momentous events and the life story. Review of General Psychology, Vol 5(2), Jun 2001, 123-134. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/1089-26188.8.131.52