Why Childhood Memories Fade Away

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Posted by: Sue Atkins

What’s your earliest memory?

Whatever you recall, it’s unlikely you’ll bring back memories before the ages of three or four because of a phenomenon called infantile amnesia, or the inability of adults to remember the earliest years of life. Recent research explores the range of time in which children’s memories of early childhood disappear or become clearer with time.

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The findings: The older kids get, the greater the age of their first memory.

In a longitudinal study featured in the journal Child Development, researchers  revisited 140 children of different age groups and asked them follow-up questions about their earliest memories. The team compared the results to what the same children said two years ago in order to learn how childhood memories change in time among various age groups.

Read more in Discovery News


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