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The Nature of Early MemoryAn Adaptive Theory of the Genesis and Development of Memory$
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Mark L. Howe

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195381412

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195381412.001.0001

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Infantile Amnesia in Human and Nonhuman Animals

Infantile Amnesia in Human and Nonhuman Animals

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(p.47) 4 Infantile Amnesia in Human and Nonhuman Animals
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195381412.003.0012

Infantile amnesia was a term first used by Freud over 100 years ago to refer to that period very early in an organism's life when memories that are formed tend to be short-lived or become inaccessible after a relatively short time frame. Although defined slightly differently by species, this unique memory phenomenon occurs in humans and nonhumans alike. This chapter examines the behavioral and cognitive factors in infantile amnesia in both human and nonhuman animal populations.

Keywords:   infantile amnesia, early memory, humans, nonhuman animals, Freud

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