day 31

Happy Friday.

I'm reading articles all afternoon.

They're for my class on memory development in young children. It's actually a pretty interesting concept when you think about it. How do we know to store information about ourselves in our brains? How do we know what's important and what's not? How do general cognitive abilities influence this whole process? How does our culture affect the way we think about and talk about ourselves and our past? Many studies have found cultural differences in the way children talk about their experiences. No one explicitly says, "Here in China, this is how you should talk about your life." How do the children pick this up? Why can't we (typically) remember anything from our earliest days?

Most research says that Americans' first memories are usually from our third or fourth year.

I remember the day Rebekah came home from the hospital. She was in her crib sleeping, and I was taking things from the top of the dresser (I had to REACH) and pushing them through the bars to 'show' them to her. She was asleep. I knew she was asleep. But I was so excited about the new baby sister that I didn't care. I especially remember a wooden rabbit with a little cross stitch in the center. The wood was painted light yellow and there was a circle of wood behind the cross-stitched part to hold it in.

I was 20 months old.

 

What's your earliest memory? How old were you? Do you remember because someone told you or you saw a picture of it?

 

 

 

Fun starts at 6ish!

 

ETA: Also, YAY! one full month!

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