Monday, August 11, 2008

How Children, Teens, & Adults Remember


Declarative memory is memory for events and facts. Children usually have weaker declarative memories, but their memories will continue to develop into young adulthood. This study shows that when children remember facts and scenes, they are more likely to remember using their medial temporal lobes (region more often associated with personal and incidental memories); lower row, than prefrontal cortex (top two rows).

Adults who teach young children need to overcome age biases. Children are natural incidental learners. Rushing them too early into intentional learning may be a neurodevelopmental mistake.

Declarative Memory in Children, Teens, and Adults

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