ERIC Number: ED338353
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Preschool Children's Memory for Deviations in a Routine Event.
Hudson, Judith A.; Krackow, Elisa
This study investigated the possibility that episodes that deviate from a routine event script are retained in memory, tagged by their unique characteristics. Three groups of 9 preschool children experienced one of three deviations in their normal snack routine: (1) a puppet handed out the snack; (2) a puppet taught the children to play a game during snack time; or (3) the children had a Mickey Mouse party during snack time. One week later, children were asked to recall the deviation episode, first freely, and then with cues. Analyses focused on the effect of the type of deviation on children's memory and effects of cues on children's recall. Results were consistent with the idea that deviations from routine events are stored in long-term memory, and that the type of deviation influences which aspects of an event will be recalled. Appended are two tables of quantitative data and three references. (GLR)
Descriptors: Change, Long Term Memory, Memory, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Puppetry, Recall (Psychology), Recognition (Psychology)
Judith A. Hudson, Department of Psychology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Tillett Hall, Kilmer Campus, New Brunswick, NJ 08903.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: General Event Representation; Routine Events
Note: Paper presented at a Conference on Human Development (Richmond, VA, March 1990).