Title

Momentous Events and the Life Story

Abstract

Abstract

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.

Publication Date

6-2001

Journal Title

Review of General Psychology

Publisher

American Psychological Association

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1037//1089-2680.5.2.123

Document Type

Article