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ERIC Number: EJ897578
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0261-510X
Linking Yesterday and Tomorrow: Preschoolers' Ability to Report Temporally Displaced Events
Suddendorf, Thomas
British Journal of Developmental Psychology, v28 n2 p491-498 Jun 2010
Various lines of research have recently reported links between the ability to recall past and imagine future episodes. Here I report evidence that such links exist in development. Eighty-two children were asked to report what they did yesterday and what they are going to do tomorrow. Children who could answer one were also more likely to answer the other question. Furthermore, there was an association between the quantity of responses for past and future questions. This correlation continued to be significant even when controlling for children's capacity to answer similar questions that did not have a temporal, episodic component (e.g., "tell me all the things that you can think of that are red"). Together, these results are in line with the growing evidence for fundamental links in the neuro-cognitive resources involved in thinking about past and future events.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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