3rd Edition

The Development of Memory in Infancy and Childhood

Edited By Mary L. Courage, Nelson Cowan Copyright 2022
    442 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Psychology Press

    442 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Psychology Press

    442 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Psychology Press

    The Development of Memory in Infancy and Childhood provides a thorough update and expansion of the previous edition and offers new research on significant themes and ideas that have emerged in the past decade such as the cognitive neuroscience of memory development, autobiographical memory and infantile amnesia, and the cognitive and social factors that underlie memory for events.

    In this volume, Courage and Cowan bring together leading international experts to review the current state of the science of memory development in their own research areas. They note questions of theory and basic science addressed in their research, highlight the real-world applications of those findings, and propose an agenda for future research. The book also considers the implications of their work for the development of atypical children, specifically, how these new findings might be adapted to enrich the lives of those children and to inform and validate our current expectations of individual differences in the development of typical children. The first of three groups of chapters focuses on basic neurobiological, perceptual, and cognitive processes that underlie memory and its development (i.e., encoding, consolidation and storage, retrieval). The second group focuses primarily on the social, contextual, and cultural factors that enable, shape, and mediate these basic processes, while the rest of the chapters focus on practical applications of this knowledge to real-world settings and issues.

    The book provides a new look at memory development, including new topics such as spatial representation and spatial working, prospective memory, false memories, and memory and culture. This classic yet contemporary volume will appeal to senior undergraduate and graduate students of developmental and cognitive psychology, as well as to developmental psychologists who want a compendium of key topics in memory development.

    1. A Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Approach to the Study of Memory

    Tracy Riggins and Patricia J. Bauer

    2. The Development of Infant Memory

    Kimberly Cuevas and Kelsey Davinson

    3. Representational Flexibility in Infants and Young Children

    Harlene Hayne and Rachel Barr

    4. Infant and Toddler Working Memory

    Martha Ann Bell, Jennifer J. Phillips, and Madeleine D. Bruce

    5. Working Memory Development in Childhood

    Nelson Cowan

    6. The Development of Working Memory and Spatial Representation: How are They Related?

    David H. Uttal, Jose Sotelo, and Priti Shah

    7. The Development of Prospective Memory during Childhood

    Caitlin E. V. Mahy

    8. The Development of Semantic Memory: The Role of Memory Strategies and Metacognition

    Claudia M. Roebers

    9. Implicit Memory in Children: Moving Beyond Developmental Invariance

    Yingying Yang and Edward C. Merrill

    10. Autobiographical Memory: Early Onset and Developmental Course

    Mary L. Courage and Mark L. Howe

    11. Sociocultural Perspectives on Autobiographical Memory

    Robyn Fivush

    12. Memory Development from Infancy to Early Childhood: Cross-cultural Perspectives

    Thorsten Kolling

    13. Children’s Memory Development: Emotion, Distress, and Trauma

    Kyndra C. Cleveland, Yuerui Wu, Dana Hartman, Lily F. Brown, & Gail S. Goodman

    14. Memory Development and the Forensic Context

    Deirdre A. Brown

    15. The Counterintuitive Course of False Memory Development During Childhood

    Mark L. Howe and Henry Otgaar

    16. Reflections and Future Directions

    Patricia H. Miller


    Mary L. Courage (Ph.D. Memorial University, Canada, 1985) is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Psychology and has held cross-appointments to the Faculty of Medicine (Pediatrics) at Memorial University. Her work on the early development of vision, attention, and memory has been published in many academic journals, and has been funded consistently by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. She co-edited three special issues of Developmental Review on early memory development in 2004, on the impact of video on toddlers in 2010, and on multitasking in 2015.

    Nelson Cowan (Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, 1980) is Curators' Distinguished Professor at the University of Missouri. His work focusing on short-term working memory and its relation to selective attention in children and adults has been published in various academic journals and has been funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1984. He has served as Editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General and Associate Editor for three journals in experimental psychology.