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The Nature of Early Memory: An Adaptive Theory of the Genesis and Development of Memory

Mark L. Howe


This book presents an exegesis of research and theory concerning the emergence and development of declarative, long-term memory from birth through early adolescence. The book also contains a presentation of a theory that memory is an adaptive mechanism that is used to guide the development and survival of the organism in an initially novel, yet changing environment. The book is divided into four parts. The first part discusses why memory development is important; the second discusses infantile amnesia and autobiographical memory; the third explores a series of key factors that have an impact o ... More

Keywords: long-term memory, environment, memory development, infantile amnesia, autobiographical memory, early memory development, distinctiveness, emotion, theory of memory, stress

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195381412
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195381412.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark L. Howe, author
Centre for Research in Human Development, Department of Psychology, Lancaster University
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