Marisa Parham

95 :: Memory Before Language?

Posted by on Sep 27 2007, in archive-me

Hi 95ers, saw this link at The Atlantic Monthly and thought of you.

Here’s a taste, but of course you should check out the article:

Infantile “amnesia” refers to the apparent absence or weakness of memories formed at ages younger than 3 or 4. Some evidence indicates that these early-life memories are not actually lost or forgotten, but are rather merely mislabeled or otherwise inaccessible to adult cognition. One potential reason for this inaccessibility is that adults tend to use language in encoding and retrieving memories, and this strategy may not be sufficient for retrieving memories formed in early-life, which may have been encoded before language is firmly entrenched in the developing brain.

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