The distribution of autobiographical memories across the lifespan.


Journal Article

Words were used to cue autobiographical memories from 20- and 70-year-old subjects. Both groups showed a decrease in memories from the childhood years and a power-function retention function for their most recent 10 years. Older subjects also had an increase in the number of memories from the ages 10 to 30. These results held for individual subjects as well as grouped data and held when either 124 or 921 memories were cued. Reaction times to produce memories were constant across decades except for childhood where they were longer.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rubin, DC; Schulkind, MD

Published Date

  • November 1997

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 25 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 859 - 866

PubMed ID

  • 9421572

Pubmed Central ID

  • 9421572

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-5946

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0090-502X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3758/bf03211330


  • eng