Autobiographical Memory Role of Language

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  • Autobiographical memory is a type of episodic memory and refers to the recollection of the personally experienced events of one's life. The events are typically unique, tagged at a particular place and time, and entail conscious or “autonoetic” awareness that one is re-experiencing an event as it occurred previously. Autobiographical memories include the what, where, and when of those events and also the emotions, reactions to, and thoughts one has about them. They are most likely to be recalled if the events were personally important, distinctive, or had a positive or negative emotional intensity. Life span research indicates that adults can recall the largest number of memories from the recent past and then from the period when they were between 10 and 30 years old, ...

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