Part of the Developmental Seminar Series
Speaker: Dr Patrick Burns, University of Cambridge
Abstract: This talk will be divided into 3 sections. The first part concerns the development of ‘minimal’ episodic memory in 2- and 3-year-olds. We present evidence that children from 2.5 years of age have bound what-where-when (WWW) memories of past events. However, we claim that this re-experiential memory is ‘minimal’ in that it does not involve conceptual capacities typically cited as requisite for episodic recall (e.g. self-continuity, self as an experiencer) and thus beyond the competence of pre-schoolers. The second part of the talk looks at conceptual developments in episodic recall at 4 and 5 years of age. We present a novel memory task that requires children to bind WWW memories with the notion of the self (the Who in the title). We present evidence that performance on this task correlates with Theory of Mind. In the final part of the talk I will briefly outline some new studies we will be running on the development of episodic foresight. Extending our work on re-experiential memories, we will focus on children’s construction of a future phenomenology.