Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences

Peter Krøjgaard

On the Development of Episodic Memory: Two Basic Questions

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In this focused review we present and discuss two basic questions related to the early development of episodic memory in children: (1) “What is an episode?”, and (2) “How do preverbal children recall a specific episode of a recurring event?” First, a brief introduction to episodic memory is outlined. We argue in favor of employing a definition of episodic memory allowing us to investigate the development of episodic memory by purely behavioral measures. Second, research related to each of the two questions are presented and discussed, at first separately, and subsequently together. We argue and attempt to demonstrate, that pursuing answers to both questions is of crucial importance – both conceptually and methodologically - if we are ever to understand the early development of episodic memory. 
Original languageEnglish
JournalNordic Psychology (Online)
Pages (from-to)189-207
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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