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ERIC Number: EJ1050293
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
Predicting Which Childhood Memories Persist: Contributions of Memory Characteristics
Peterson, Carole; Morris, Gwynn; Baker-Ward, Lynne; Flynn, Susan
Developmental Psychology, v50 n2 p439-448 Feb 2014
This investigation identified memory-level predictors of the survivability of 4- to 13-year-old children's earliest recollections over a 2-year period. Data previously reported by Peterson, Warren, and Short (2011) were coded for inclusion of emotion terms and thematic, chronological, and contextual narrative coherence. In addition, the uniqueness and content of the reported events were classified, and the presence or absence of event reminders was recorded. The use of logistic multilevel modeling indicated that emotion and each dimension of coherence added to the prediction of a memory's survivability over and above age-related variance. In contrast, event uniqueness, content category, reminders, and word count were not associated with retention. The findings help explain why particular early memories endure over time.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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