Studying Childhood Amnesia

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Researchers at Emory University look at what age “childhood amnesia,” the memory loss from our infant years, occurs.

    A study from Emory University says that “childhood amnesia” occurs around age seven.  Sigmund Freud coined the term to refer to memory loss from infant years.  After following 83 children over several years, the team found that children between the ages of five and seven could recall 63% to 72% of events that happened before age 3.  However, children who were eight or nine years old only retained about 35% of the events. Though the older children may have remembered fewer events, their memories were more detailed.  Scientists said that younger children don’t have the neural processes yet to make up a complex autobiographical memory.