Reminiscing With Children: A Study of Short-term Memories
Greiser, Sarah E.
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The study of children's memories is a field that has grown rapidly in the past 20 years. Many studies have been completed on this topic, but there has not been a comprehensive study because of the amount of time and money needed for a longitudinal study of this size. 120 children in two age groups starting at 18- and 36-months participated in this study that combined aspects of many of the previous studies. For each child there were three visits every 6 or 12 months for about 3 years. At each visit there were activities, tests, and interviews for the child to complete with the investigator or with the mother. All visits were recorded on audio and videotapes so that they could be transcribed and coded by researchers. The mother-child pairs participated in the Joint Activities (JA). The child was tested for both long- and short-term memories after these activities at 1-day, 3-week and 6-month intervals. On this test, as well as others, it was seen that as the children grew older they were able to remember more information.