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J Exp Child Psychol. 2005 Mar;90(3):235-54. Epub 2004 Dec 15.

Reminiscence and hypermnesia in children's eyewitness memory.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.


Three experiments examined reminiscence and hypermnesia in 5- and 6-year-olds' memory for an event across repeated interviews that occurred either immediately afterward (Experiment 1) or after a 6-month delay (Experiments 2 and 3). Reminiscence (recall of new information) was reliably obtained in all of the experiments, although the numbers of new items recalled were fewer after a delay than when the interviews occurred immediately afterward. Hypermnesia (increasing total recall over repeated recall attempts) was obtained only in Experiment 1 when interviews occurred immediately and 24 h after the event.

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