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Origins and Development of RecollectionPerspectives from Psychology and Neuroscience$
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Simona Ghetti and Patricia J. Bauer

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195340792

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340792.001.0001

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Development of Meaning-Conserving Memory

Development of Meaning-Conserving Memory

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(p.21) 2 Development of Meaning-Conserving Memory
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Origins and Development of Recollection
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Katherine Nelson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340792.003.0002

This chapter examines the ways that memory as a meaning-preserving system develops in human infancy and early childhood. In addressing how changes in meaning affect memory and the process of recollection, it considers the nature of experience in the social and cultural world of childhood and the related developing meaning system of the child. It further explores the idea that functional changes in memory accompany an expansion of consciousness, a product of interlocking systems of the developing child and social and cultural transactions during the critical early years. The chapter is organized as follows. First, it sketches the systems involved in basic memory and considers how recollection may relate to that construct. Next, it discusses the general outlines of experience and memory within dynamic developmental systems, noting constraints on early developments of the meaning and memory system. Finally, it describes how the scope of consciousness expands from the intersection of experiential and social-cultural change and its relation to the developing personal memory system.

Keywords:   memory development, infancy, early childhood, recollection, meaning system, consciousness, experience

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