Remembering the Times of Our Lives

Memory in Infancy and Beyond

By Patricia J. Bauer

© 2006 – Psychology Press

448 pages

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About the Book

The purpose of Remembering the Times of Our Lives: Memory in Infancy and Beyond is to trace the development from infancy through adulthood in the capacity to form, retain, and later retrieve autobiographical or personal memories.

It is appropriate for scholars and researchers in the fields of cognitive psychology, memory, infancy, and human development.

Reviews

"What do children remember about their lives? Why do they seem to forget so much and yet also show evidence of being affected by early experiences? In this book, Patricia Bauer draws on a wide range of evidence to tell a compelling scientific detective story concerning what we know (so far) about these questions. The book is beautifully written, well-organized, and analytically probing, and yet at the same time reflective, literate, and absorbing."—Nora S. Newcombe, Ph.D., Professor, Temple University

This masterly treatment of how memory develops is the most comprehensive and scholarly work on this subject available anywhere. It should be the authoritative reference for years to come as well as a wonderful source of information for anyone interested in what infants can learn, how they learn it, and what they can remember later. —Larry R. Squire, Ph.D., UCSD and Veterans Affairs Medical Center

"Patricia Bauer has written a timely, valuable, and highly readable integration of perspectives on the development and character of autobiographical memory. She masterfully combines evidence from the cognitive psychology of autobiographical memory in adults with that from developmental psychology and cognitive neuroscience into a novel synthesis that elucidates the course of cognitive development. Furthermore, she combines the data from experimental analyses of memory with its function in the social and cultural context in which it is naturally expressed, making the story entertaining and crossing the boundaries between laboratory science and real life. All these threads are brought together in a fascinating account of the transition from infancy, characterized by forgetting of the experiences of a developing mind, to adulthood as characterized by a growing reliance on remembering our personal past."—Howard Eichenbaum, Ph.D., Director, Center for Memory and Brain, Boston University

Table of Contents

Contents: Part I: Autobiographical Memory and Its Significance. Remembering the Times of Our Lives. Autobiographical Memory in Adults. Infantile or Childhood Amnesia. Part II: Memory in Infancy and Very Early Childhood. Declarative Memory in the First Years of Life. The Neural Bases of Declarative Memory in Adults. Development of the Neural Substrate for Declarative Memory. Part III: Autobiographical Memory in Childhood. Event and Autobiographical Memory in the Preschool Years. "What Develops" in Preschoolers' Recall of Specific Past Events? The Context of Autobiographical Memory Development. Part IV: The "Fates" of Early Memories. Crossing the Great Divides of Childhood Amnesia. The Shifting Balance of Remembering and Forgetting.

About the Series

Developing Mind Series

This series presents high-quality scholarship in a format that makes each book useful in a wide variety of situations. For example, books in the series may serve as:

  • solid introductions to particular topics for professionals in other sub-disciplines;
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  • engaging overviews of cognitive developmental theory and research for a more general audience of educated nonspecialists.

In addition to making an indispensable scholarly contribution to the literature, each book is broadly accessible and widely marketed. Given these goals, there are no specific constraints on the type of book to be published in the series, although in most cases authored books will be more likely to serve these purposes than edited volumes. Proposals submitted for consideration will be carefully reviewed, and those accepted for inclusion in the series will receive editorial development as befits a first-class outlet for publication of scholarly texts.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY004000
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / Child
PSY008000
PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology
PSY024000
PSYCHOLOGY / Physiological Psychology