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J Trauma Stress. 1995 Oct;8(4):581-605.

Children's long-term retention of salient personal experiences.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 27599-3270, USA.


Research on young children's long-term retention is reviewed in this article. More specifically, the abilities of 3- to 7-year-olds to remember the details of two types of medical experiences--a routine physical examination and an invasive radiological procedure--are discussed in the context of a framework for considering the flow of information in the developing memory system. The framework emphasizes four general themes about memory performance and provides a vehicle for relating research on memory development to discussions of children's testimony and adults' abilities to remember early experiences.

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