The history of psychological research on human memory has largely focused on a search for accuracy. How does individual recall match an objective, external record of an event? But, equally fundamental is the search for meaning in memory. How do individuals strive to make sense of their worlds? This special issue of Journal of Cognition and Development leads the way in gathering a group of research studies that grapple with this question. The articles discuss how children make meaning of their real world emotional experiences, as well as how this process might differ as a function of age, gender, social context, and culture. This volume stimulates much needed research in this area by presenting theoretical frameworks, methodological tools, and intriguing findings.
Volume 6, Number 4, 2005
Contents: R. Fivush, L. Baker-Ward, The Search for Meaning: Developmental Perspectives on Internal State Language in Autobiographical Memory. P.J. Bauer, E.N. Stark, A.F. Lukowski, J. Rademacher, D.L. Van Abbema, J.K. Ackil, Working Together to Make Sense of the Past: Mothers' and Children's Use of Internal States Language in Conversations About Traumatic and Nontraumatic Events. R. Fivush, Q. Wang, Emotion Talk in Mother-Child Conversations of the Shared Past: The Effects of Culture, Gender, and Event Valence. L.E. Baker-Ward, K.L. Eaton, J.B. Banks, Young Soccer Players' Reports of a Tournament Win or Loss: Different Emotions, Different Narratives. J.M. Sales, R. Fivush, J. Parker, L. Bahrick, Stressing Memory: Long-Term Relations Among Children's Stress, Recall, and Psychological Outcome Following Hurricane Andrew. A.F. Greenhoot, R. Johnson, L.A. McCloskey, Internal States Language in the Childhood Recollections of Adolescents With and Without Abuse Histories. OTHER EMPIRICAL ARTICLE: H.S. Ross, H.E. Recchia. J.I.M. Carpendale, Making Sense of Divergent Interpretations of Conflict and Developing an Interpretive Understanding of Mind.