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The Proust EffectThe Senses as Doorways to Lost Memories$
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Cretien van Campen

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199685875

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685875.001.0001

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The little bricoleur

The little bricoleur

How children create eidetic and synaesthetic memories

(p.69) 8 The little bricoleur
The Proust Effect

Cretien Van Campen

Julian Ross

Oxford University Press

Children lay down emotional experiences for later in a different way from adults. Children more often use sensory empathic abilities (such as synaesthetic and eidetic experiences) to understand things, whereas adults more often employ verbal techniques. Where words and language offer easier access to adult memories, sensory stimuli are more suited to tapping childhood memories. Synaesthetic and eidetic childhood memories help children to empathise with the world around them and to understand and remember events. Children’s imagination is part of their empathic development. Children build extraordinary treasure troves of memories during the first decade of their lives, on which they can draw with pleasure in later life.

Keywords:   synaesthesia, eidetic memory, perceptual development, visual art, mirror neurons, empathy

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