Joint Reminiscing as Joint Attention to the Past
The activity of joint reminiscing can be seen as involving a particular form of joint attention: joint attention to the past. This chapter examines the developmental role episodes of joint reminiscing might play, specifically claims in developmental psychology that participation in joint reminiscing plays a key role in memory development. It identifies a particular type of causal reasoning ability that it is believed is required for the possession of episodic memories, as it is needed to give substance to the distinction between the past and the present. It also argues that the same causal reasoning ability is required for grasping the point that another person's appeal to particular past events can have in joint reminiscing. This provides for one way of thinking of the role that episodes of joint reminiscing might play in memory development.
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