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ERIC Number: EJ1007149
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0965
Thinking about the Future Early in Life: The Role of Relational Memory
Richmond, Jenny L.; Pan, Rose
Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, v114 n4 p510-521 Apr 2013
The constructive episodic simulation hypothesis suggests that we imagine possible future events by flexibly recombining details of past experiences to produce novel scenarios. Here we tested this hypothesis by determining whether episodic future thinking is related to relational memory ability during the preschool years. Children (3- to 5-year-olds) were asked to remember a past event and imagine a possible future event using an adapted version of the recombination paradigm. Relational learning and inference were assessed using a task adapted from the neuroimaging literature. The results show that preschoolers were able to describe both past and possible future events; however, they produced more specific episodic details in relation to past events relative to future events. Episodic future thinking performance was correlated with performance on the relational inference task, consistent with the idea that the ability to flexibly recombine relational knowledge is critical in episodic future thinking. (Contains 2 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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