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Retrieval of episodic versus generic information : does the order of recall affect the amount and accuracy of details reported by children about repeated events?

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posted on 2012-01-01, 00:00 authored by Sonja Brubacher, K Roberts, Martine Powell
Children (N = 157) 4 to 8 years old participated 1 time (single) or 4 times (repeated) in an interactive event. Across each condition, half were questioned a week later about the only or a specific occurrence of the event (depth first) and then about what usually happens. Half were prompted in the reverse order (breadth first). Children with repeated experience who first were asked about what usually happens reported more eventrelated information overall than those asked about an occurrence first. All children used episodic language when describing an occurrence; however, children with repeated-event experience used episodic language less often when describing what usually happens than did those with a single experience. Accuracy rates did not differ between conditions. Implications for theories of repeated-event memory are discussed.

History

Journal

Development psychology

Volume

48

Issue

1

Pagination

111 - 122

Publisher

American Psychological Association

Location

Washington, D.C.

ISSN

0012-1649

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2011, American Psychological Association.