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The development of event clusters in autobiographical memory

  • Author / Creator
    Svob, Connie
  • The prevalence of event clusters in autobiographical memory was examined with an event-cueing task in two parallel experiments. Event clusters are theoretical memory structures that bind specific personal events in narrative-like configurations. Prior research has shown that young adults report fewer event clusters when cued with childhood events than high school events (Brown, 2005). Experiment 1 tested whether the reduced prevalence of event clusters in childhood is due to forgetting. Experiment 2 used the same event cueing task with 4th grade children. Keeping event age constant, children reported a comparable amount of event clusters to adults recalling childhood events. Children’s relational judgments between event pairs differed from adults and may have inflated their responses. Together, these findings suggest that event clusters are consequences of other cognitive processes implicated in the development of autobiographical memory.

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  • Graduation date
    2010-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3DH5N
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Psychology
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Brown, Norman (Psychology)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Nicoladis, Elena (Psychology)
    • Dixon, Peter (Psychology)
    • Schneider, Phyllis (Speech Pathology and Audiology)