Maria Jagodzińska

Wydział Psychologii Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Wyższa Szkota Pedagogiczna Towarzystwa Wiedzy Powszechnej


CHILDHOOD AMNESIA AND THE FORGETTING OF EARLY LIFE EVENTS


Memories of birth of a younger sibling were studied in 4- 14-year-old children,
two or four years old at the time of the event. As in previous research, older children
at the time of the event, recollected more than younger ones. In contrast to previous
research, retention time also had a significant effect. Children recalled many details at 1'jrst whereas this number decreased gradually with the passage of time to reach a significant level within six years of the event. Another significant factor in the youngest groups was current age. These findings show that forgetting of early life events
gradually increases with the passage of time and follows a pattern similar to the one
found later in life. Childhood amnesia is absent in childhood and does not suddenly
emerge at a certain age. The results are discussed in the framework of childhood amnesia theories.

Autor: Ewelina Soszyńska
Ostatnia aktualizacja: 11.03.2007, godz. 18:37 - Ewelina Soszyńska