Remembering in the Toddler Years

Colloquium | September 25 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

 Simona Ghetti, UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain

 Department of Psychology

The ability to subjectively re-experience our past requires processes that develop substantially during the course of childhood. Children ought to be able form, retain and retrieve detailed memory representations. In addition, they ought to be able to reflect on the quality of these memory representations (e.g., whether they are certain versus uncertain; whether the memories include vivid detail) to make appropriate decisions. Although these processes have been characterized in childhood, their examination at the transition from infancy to childhood lags behind, resulting in disconnection between the infancy and childhood literatures. I will review a first set of studies that bridge these two literature in an attempt to build a comprehensive account of memory development.