The authors found infantile amnesia
for the 17 day-old rats, which showed avoidance of the "shock" compartment right after the experience, but lost this memory very rapidly: a day later these rats quickly returned to this compartment.
More than 100 years ago, Sigmund Freud speculated that humans' tendency to forget their early years, dubbed infantile amnesia, might have a psychosexual origin.
But the really weird thing is that most animals show infantile amnesia too," she says.
what actually develops in memory development and what causes the enigma of infantile amnesia
These findings have theoretical implications for both infantile amnesia and the functional maturation of the neural mechanisms that mediate the encoding of place information, as well as practical implications for the elimination of undesirable behaviors.
Few adults can remember events that occurred before the age of 3 or 4 (White & Pillemer, 1979)--a phenomenon known as infantile amnesia.
It is believed that infantile amnesia
may be caused by memories not being encoded into LTM or by memories being encoded in such a way that the adult mind cannot reconstruct information (Neath, 1997).
Understanding the Development of Autobiographical Memory and the Experience of Infantile Amnesia.
This paper presents a review of the literature examining the development of autobiographical memory and the phenomenon of infantile amnesia.