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The Stories Our Parents Tell Us

How, and why, we form autobiographical memories

Kristen Schmidt

A sense of identity develops gradually in early youth. Nonverbal tests of recall show that children as young as a year of age form memories, even if they cannot yet describe them.
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The subject was restless. Rocking on the toes of her pink high-tops under the table, fidgeting with the only available distractions—a pack of batteries and a pen—she sat in the bare interview room below a cutout of a bow-tied cartoon caterpillar...

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