Quality, accuracy, and content in children's event narratives
Zoe Klemfuss, Ph.D.
University of California, Irvine
November 5, 2012
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Abstract: Remembering and communicating past experiences is central to the development of human identity, learning social norms, and building social relationships. Further, the specific content of what is recounted has critical implications for psychological and physical health, in childhood and across the lifespan, and for the progression of legal cases involving witness testimony, highlighting the need to identify factors linked to the development of individuals’ ability to report past experiences. In this talk I will discuss individual differences in, and social contextual influences on, the content and quality of children’s episodic recall. Findings are couched in research and theory at the intersection of children’s episodic memory, narrative abilities, and language skills.