Manipulating age in earliest memories

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We examined the malleability of the estimated age in undergraduates’ earliest memories. In study 1, vignettes containing examples about age 2 rendered earlier ages than examples referring to age 6. Study 2 showed that eliciting self-relevant or public event knowledge from participants’ preschool years prior to retrieval rendered similar average ages, which were earlier than in memories retrieved after a no-age control task. In addition, the results of both studies fuel speculations that age estimates vary across memory types (earlier snapshots versus later narratives) and suggest that narratives might be more sensitive to age manipulations than snapshots. Taken together, the results add to the growing literature indicating that the average age in first memories is more flexible than previously thought.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 20-Jul-2016
EventInternational Conference on Memory (ICOM6) - Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 17-Jul-201622-Jul-2016
Conference number: 6


ConferenceInternational Conference on Memory (ICOM6)
Abbreviated titleICOM
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