Childhood amnesia: A conceptualization in cognitive-psychological terms

S. E. Wetzler, J. A. Sweeney

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Childhood amnesia is defined operationally as the forgetting of early life events to a significantly greater degree than is accounted for by “normal” forgetting, which is an increasing recall decrement as time since occurrence increases. Three cognitive processes and their developmental changes are discussed which, when considered with psychodynamic factors, may broaden the understanding of childhood amnesia. It is argued that psychoanalytic theory and technique can benefit from the research and methods of cognitive psychology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)663-685
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of the American Psychoanalytic Association
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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