1st Edition

Autobiographical Memory Development Theoretical and Methodological Approaches

Edited By Sami Gülgöz, Basak Sahin-Acar Copyright 2020
    222 Pages
    by Routledge

    222 Pages
    by Routledge

    Autobiographical memory is constituted from the integration of several memory skills, as well as the ability to narrate. This all helps in understanding our relation to self, family contexts, culture, brain development, and traumatic experiences. The present volume discusses contemporary approaches to childhood memories and examines cutting-edge research on the development of autobiographical memory.

    The chapters in this book written by a group of leading authors, each make a unique contribution by describing a specific developmental domain. In providing a multinational and multicultural perspective on autobiographical memory development—and by covering a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches, this state-of-the-book is essential reading on the autobiographical memory system for memory researchers and graduate students. It is also of interest to scholars and students working more broadly in the fields of cognitive, developmental, and social psychology, and to academics who are conducting interdisciplinary research on neuroscience, family relationships, narrative methods, culture, and oral history.

    Chapter 1: The Emergence of Autobiographical Consciousness and the Construction of an Autobiographical Self by Robyn Fivush

    Chapter 2: Socialization of Early Autobiographical Memory by Catherine A. Haden and Pirko Tõugu

    Chapter 3: Brain Bases of Autobiographical Memory in Development by Patricia J. Bauer

    Chapter 4: Is the eye the mirror of the soul? Exploring autobiographical memory development by means of looking-time measures by Peter Krøjgaard, Trine Sonne and Osman S. Kingo

    Chapter 5: Narrative Methods in Autobiographical Memory by Azriel Grysman and Cade D. Mansfield

    Chapter 6: Developing a view of AMs and self-construal as socially, culturally and historically constructed: A Theoretical and Empirical Approach by Manuel L. De la Mata-Benitez, Andres Santamaria, Mercedes Cubero, Radka Antalikova, Tia Gitte Bondesen Hansen and Samuel Arias

    Chapter 7: Content and Consistency of Earliest Memories by Berivan Ece & Sami Gülgöz

    Chapter 8: Autobiographical Memory Development and Self-Construals Within and Across Cultures by Basak Sahin-Acar and Michelle D. Leichtman

    Chapter 9: Remembering Earliest Childhood Memories by Carole Peterson

    Chapter 10: How did you feel back then? Emotional Memory Conversations among Mother-Father-Child Triads by Elif Burumlu-Kisa and Basak Sahin-Acar

    Chapter 11: Adults’ Memories of Childhood: The Beginning of the Life Story by Majse Lind, Susan Bluck and Hanna Åkerlund

    Chapter 12: The Development of Children’s Autobiographical Memory for Learning Episodes by Michelle D. Leichtman, Rhyannon H. Bemis, Kaitlin A. Camilleri and David B. Pillemer

    Chapter 13: PTSD in Youth from a Developmental Perspective by Inge Lise Lundsgaard Kongshøj and Annette Bohn

    Chapter 14: Final Discussion and Looking Forward by Basak Sahin-Acar & Sami Gülgöz


    Sami Gülgöz is Professor of Psychology at Koç University in Istanbul. His current research focuses on memory in applied contexts and particularly on autobiographical memory in relation to social and individual characteristics.

    Basak Sahin-Acar is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Middle East Technical University. She is also affiliated with the interdisciplinary program of Gender and Women's Studies. Her research interests include autobiographical memory development within and across cultures, as well as the effects of self-construals and familial context on this development.

    What a feast! This collected volume is full of fascinating ideas and new findings about the development of autobiographical memory. It covers diverse topics ranging from neurological mechanisms to sociocultural influences, from how young children learn to tell personal stories to how adults recollect childhood experiences, and from the purposes and functions of memory to the errors and pitfalls of remembering. It provides in abundance theoretical insights and methodological strategies. The collective work demonstrates that the development of autobiographical memory is a process of cognitive achievement and sociocultural scaffolding. I recommend this book to all students of memory. - Qi Wang, Ph.D, Professor and Chair of Human Development, Cornell University; Author of The Autobiographical Self in Time and Culture

    I was excited to see a compendium of diverse views with the leading figures who study the developmental psychology of autobiographical memory. The list of senior chapter authors is extremely impressive, including Professors Bauer, Bluck, Bohn, De la Manta-Benitez, Fivush, Grysman, Gülgöz, Haden, Krojgaard, Leichtman, Peterson, Pillemer, and Şahin-Acar. The chapters are authoritative and well written, providing excellent summaries, while often challenging existing views. Highly suitable for researchers, advanced undergraduate and graduate students, and for courses in development and autobiographical memory. - David Rubin, Ph.D., Juanita M. Kreps Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke University; Author of Memory in Oral Traditions

    This book delves into autobiographical memory development from multiple angles and with an international perspective. The reviews are readable, concise, and contain the latest findings on the social, cultural, cognitive, linguistic, historical, and biological influences on autobiographical memories. My recommendation is for researchers and students of memory development to read this book from cover to cover. You will come away with new insights and a deeper appreciation of the complexity of human memory and its development. - Elaine Reese, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of Otago; Author of Tell Me a Story: Sharing Stories To Enrich Your Child's World 

    This book describes recent advances and novel perspectives in the prospering field of autobiographical memory development. It provides a unique and timely overview of a range of approaches and theoretical views, including in-depth discussions of the role of parent-child conversation, the neural basis of autobiographical memory development, the use of non-verbal and narrative methods for assessing children’s memories, the characteristics and functions of early memories as well as memory in the context of education, culture and trauma. This multifaceted fusion of chapters is an excellent resource for both specialists and novices in the field. - Dorthe Berntsen, Ph.D., Professor at the Department of Psychology and Behavioural Science & —Head of the Center on Autobiographic Memory Research (CON AMORE), Aarhus University

    This astounding collection of innovative contributions invites readers to enter the thriving world of ideas and findings of how we learn to remember when growing up. Renowned researchers from Europe and the US explore the social and cultural dynamics of learning how to remember. Rich examples illustrate the central developmental mechanism of shared reminiscing of children and their parents. This path-breaking volume is a must-read for scholars and lay-persons interested in the development of remembering. - Tilmann Habermas, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Goethe University Frankfurt; Author of Emotion and Narrative: Perspectives in Autobiographical Storytelling