Childhood Memories

Memories of childhood were the dreams that stayed with you after you woke

Childhood memories have become very popular for scientific research in the last two decades. Traumatic and influential experiences in early childhood raise important questions about early development. We have the capacity to remember events that happened to us from the age as early as one. Other sources say that is it more common to begin to have memory from the age of three.

Amongst its other roles, childhood memory can guide our present behaviour and help to predict future outcomes. They can influence our behaviour as we grow as specific, influential memories can stay with us forever. Our school and family environment influences our memory, which can reflect in our adult life. Our memory from our childhood can improve our overall cognition, performance and well being, both in our childhood and later life.

As language develops in children, different scenarios become similar. Adults and children interpret different scenarios in different ways – taking different memories away from things and noticing different things in particular situations. Children’s memory is influenced and more likely to stick with reinstatement. This comes from our parents normally or other influential characters in our lives. Our childhood memories, that we can recall as adults, can be linked to our persona.

Individual’s first memories significantly reflect their personality traits. People who reveal a more detailed memory are more likely to be open in their daily lives and disclose a range of personal information to others. This means people who tend to be more closed can have less detailed memory. Stressful experiences can impact our memory and possibly make it harder to form memories.

There is a long lasting improvement in our autobiographical memory in children whose mothers use an elaborative style of conversation after experiencing an event with their child. Our autobiographical memory improves with age with semantic knowledge of the world. Age and gender also influences the ability to recall early memories. Females tend to have earlier memories than males. Women across different cultures tend to have more info-dense memories than men. Men have been found more likely than women to mention negative memories. This suggests that men have a tendency to be more open with their experiences in comparison to women.

When looking at childhood memories it’s easy to see how different children and adults interpret situations differently. Children often don’t understand certain concepts, which is why they take basic perceptions from their memories. This sometimes would be a better way to look at things.

Don’t you wish you could take a single childhood memory and blow it up into a bubble and live inside it forever?


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