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
    Fall 2010
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    Master of Science
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    University of Alberta
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  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Dixon, Peter (Psychology)
    • Schneider, Phyllis (Speech Pathology and Audiology)
    • Nicoladis, Elena (Psychology)