The temporal distribution of autobiographical memory: changes in reliving and vividness over the life span do not explain the reminiscence bump

Janssen, Steve M J, Rubin, David C and St Jacques, Peggy L (2011) The temporal distribution of autobiographical memory: changes in reliving and vividness over the life span do not explain the reminiscence bump. Memory and Cognition, 39 (1). pp. 1-11. ISSN 0090-502X

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Abstract

When autobiographical memories are elicited with word cues, personal events from middle childhood to early adulthood are overrepresented compared to events from other periods. It is, however, unclear whether these memories are also associated with greater recollection. In this online study, we examined whether autobiographical memories from adolescence and early adulthood are recollected more than memories from other lifetime periods. Participants rated personal events that were elicited with cue words on reliving or vividness. Consistent with previous studies, most memories came from the period in which the participants were between 6 and 20 years old. The memories from this period were not relived more or recalled more vividly than memories from other lifetime periods, suggesting that they do not involve more recollection. Recent events had higher levels of reliving and vividness than remote events, and older adults reported a stronger recollective experience than younger adults.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0180 Experimental psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0309 Consciousness. Cognition Including learning, attention, comprehension, memory, imagination, genius, intelligence, thought and thinking, psycholinguistics, mental fatigue
Depositing User: Peggy St Jacques
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2015 07:45
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 08:15
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/52298

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