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Infantile Amnesia: Through a Glass Darkly

Newcombe, Nora ; Fox, Nathan A.

Child Development, February 1994, Vol.65(1), pp.31-40 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Infantile Amnesia: Through a Glass Darkly
  • Author/Creator: Newcombe, Nora ; Fox, Nathan A.
  • Subjects: Social Welfare & Social Work ; Medicine ; Sociology & Social History ; Psychology
  • Is Part Of: Child Development, February 1994, Vol.65(1), pp.31-40
  • Description: Memory for former preschool classmates was examined in 9‐and 10‐year‐old children using measures of both explicit and implicit memory. Yes‐no recognition of faces was at low levels but was significantly above chance. Skin conductance data showed similarly low but above‐chance differentiation between classmates and controls. A median split of children based on their recognition memory scores showed that children with little evidence of explicit memory for classmates were as likely to show differential skin conductance responding to faces of former classmates as were children with higher recognition scores. Infantile amnesia, like the clinical syndrome for which it is named, may not always involve complete loss of encoded information.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0009-3920 ; E-ISSN: 1467-8624 ; DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.1994.tb00732.x