ERIC Number: EJ1019641
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 96
The Quality of Self, Social, and Directive Memories: Are There Adult Age Group Differences?
Alea, Nicole; Arneaud, Mary Jane; Ali, Sideeka
International Journal of Behavioral Development, v37 n5 p395-406 Sep 2013
The quality of functional autobiographical memories was examined in young, middle-aged, and older adult Trinidadians ("N" = 245). Participants wrote about an event that served a self, social, and directive function, and reported on the memory's quality (e.g., significance, vividness, valence, etc.). Across age groups, directive memories were the most negative, and social function memories were the most positive. Social function memories were also talked about most. Compared to younger adults, older adults' functional memories, regardless of the type of function, were positive and talked about often, and middle-aged adults' memories were significant and vivid. The discussion encourages researchers to continue to simultaneously consider both why humans remember so much of their life, and what they remember when doing so.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Memory, Experience, Adults, Young Adults, Older Adults, Age Differences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Trinidad and Tobago