The phenomenon, referred as to "infantile or childhood amnesia
," is in fact the inability of adults to retrieve episodic memories that took place during the first two to four years of life.
Emory psychologist Patricia Bauer, who led the study, said that their study is the first empirical demonstration of the onset of childhood amnesia
The inability of adults to recall memories before the age of two to four years is known as childhood amnesia
, and most people find it hard to go beyond a mental wall to access memories before the age of two, but there are some people who claim they remember being born and there are also people who state that they even recall being in the womb.
An initial step in exploring this mystery is to demonstrate that childhood amnesia is found in children, too, not just in adults.
The first systematic study of childhood amnesia in children was a cross-sectional study of 610-19-year-olds where there were two major findings: children did experience childhood amnesia, but more importantly the age of children's earliest memory increased as their current age increased.
Autobiographical memory across the preschool years: Toward reconceptualizing childhood amnesia.
Childhood amnesia and the development of a socially accessible memory system.
Instead of relying on interviews with adults, as previous studies of childhood amnesia
have done, the Emory researchers wanted to document early autobiographical memory formation, as well as the age of forgetting these memories.
Most adults cannot recall events that took place before they were 3 or 4 years old-a phenomenon called childhood amnesia