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ERIC Number: EJ1050294
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
Longitudinal Investigation of Source Memory Reveals Different Developmental Trajectories for Item Memory and Binding
Riggins, Tracy
Developmental Psychology, v50 n2 p449-459 Feb 2014
The present study used a cohort-sequential design to examine developmental changes in children's ability to bind items in memory during early and middle childhood. Three cohorts of children (aged 4, 6, or 8 years) were followed longitudinally for 3 years. Each year, children completed a source memory paradigm assessing memory for items and binding. Results suggest linear increases in memory for individual items (facts or sources) between 4 and 10 years of age but that memory for correct fact/source combinations (indicative of binding) showed accelerated rates of change between 5 and 7 years. Taken together, these results suggest differences exist in developmental trajectories between the development of memory processes underlying successful item memory and processes underlying binding. Implications of these findings are discussed in relation to longitudinal research examining autobiographical memory.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (DHHS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Test of Nonverbal Intelligence; Woodcock Johnson Tests of Cognitive Ability
Grant or Contract Numbers: HD-R01-28425; HD-R03-067425