Title

Very long-term memories of a salient preschool event

Abstract

Abstract

Children who attended either a younger (mean age = 3frac12;years) or an older (mean age = 4frac12; years)preschool classroom were interviewed twice about an emergency school evacuation in response to a fire alarm. All children were able to answer some memory questions 2 weeks after the evacuation occurred, but the memory narratives produced by older preschool children showed a more refined knowledge of the temporal and causal sequence of events. Seven years later, memory of the fire alarm was reassessed. Only those preadolescents who had been in the older preschool group at the time of the alarm showed convincing evidence of long-term memory. The offset of childhood amnesia appears to be influenced by developmental changes in cognitive processing.

Publication Date

4-1994

Journal Title

Applied Cognitive Psychology

Publisher

Wiley

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1002/acp.2350080202

Document Type

Article

Rights

Copyright © 1994 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd