Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences

What happens when we compare the lifespan distributions of life script events and autobiographical memories of life story events? A cross-cultural study

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Cultural Life Script Theory (Berntsen and Rubin, 2004), provides a cultural explanation of the reminiscence bump: adults older than 40 years remember a significantly greater amount of life events happening between 15 - 30 years of age (Rubin, Rahal, & Poon, 1998), compared to other lifetime periods. Most of these memories are rated as emotionally positive (Rubin & Berntsen, 2003). The cultural life script represents culturally shared expectations about the order and timing of life events in an typical, idealised life course. By comparing the lifespan distribution of the life scripts events and memories of life story events, we can determine the degree to which the cultural life script serves as a recall template for autobiographical memories, especially of positive life events from adolescence and early adulthood, also known as the reminiscence bump period.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year18 Jun 2014
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jun 2014
EventComparative Perspectives on Autobiographical Memory: What Humans and Non-Human Animals Remember About Their Past - Radisson Blue Scandinavia Hotel, Aarhus, Denmark
Duration: 18 Jun 201419 Jun 2014


ConferenceComparative Perspectives on Autobiographical Memory
LocationRadisson Blue Scandinavia Hotel

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