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ERIC Number: EJ1169044
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1472-9679
A Walk down Memory Lane: On the Relationship between Autobiographical Memories and Outdoor Activities
Gibson, Joe; Nicholas, Jude
Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, v18 n1 p15-25 2018
This article highlights a theoretical and practical framework for integrating the neuropsychological concept of autobiographical memory with the experiential learning that takes place in the outdoors. Autobiographical memories, our recollections of specific, personal events, are constructed through a personal narrative process; the way we choose to tell the stories of our lives, to ourselves, and crucially to others. Our interdisciplinary framework suggests that the participant comes to value memories of particular past events because they come to be seen as part of a shared history with others. Elements of outdoor activities can aid in the formulation of personal narratives and the generation of autobiographical memories. Our case study of a person with congenital deafblindness shows that taking an outdoor education approach can aid in providing shared authentic memorable experiences and in facilitating the construction of autobiographical memories in the bodily tactile modality.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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