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ERIC Number: EJ1027537
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
Age-Related Changes in Spreading Activation during Infancy
Barr, Rachel; Walker, Joanne; Gross, Julien; Hayne, Harlene
Child Development, v85 n2 p549-563 Mar-Apr 2014
The concept of spreading activation describes how retrieval of one memory cues retrieval of other memories that are associated with it. This study explored spreading activation in 6-, 12-, and 18-month-old infants. Infants (n = 144) learned two tasks within the same experimental session; one task, deferred imitation (DI), is typically remembered longer than the other task, visual recognition memory (VRM). At all ages, retrieval of the DI memory facilitated retrieval of the VRM memory, but the conditions under which this spreading activation occurred changed as a function of age. The implications of these findings are discussed in relation to the development of mnemonic networks during infancy and the value of studying infants for our understanding of memory more generally.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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