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Childhood amnesia

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Childhood amnesia is Childhood amnesia is an adult’s inability to remember early life events, including his or her birth. [1] There are many different symptoms of childhood amnesia and just amnesia in general here are some of them: Loss of explicit memory or recent memory where you are unable to recall recent information like events that took place earlier in the day.[2] Loss of implicit memory is when you do not have the retention of the event or material information but incapability to recall it through conscious effort. In many cases the patient does not even have the knowledge that he or she has this information. Childhood amnesia, this means inability to recall events from early childhood.[3]

Studies

Childhood amnesia is an adult’s inability to remember early life events, including his or her birth. [4] There was a research done in at the University of Otago in New Zealand, its studies showed that this childhood amnesia is the cause of time that’s passed. The researchers put four different groups together with different age groups.[5] The first was a group of children of five years ole, second was eight to nine year olds, third was twelve to thirteen year olds, and fourth was young adults aging from eighteen through twenty. They then asked the different age groups starting with the five year olds. They asked the groups different questions and told them to talk about their oldest memories. Around twenty percent of the younger children could recall memories before their first birthday. Most of the older children,[6] "." ScienceDaily, Web. 16 Jan. 2014. the adults mostly, could not recall past their third birthday. Most research has shown that children can keep long-term memories contrary to some theories that say the reason for childhood amnesia is that children's brains simply aren't capable of forming memories at such early ages.[7]

Causes

There are many different symptoms of childhood amnesia and just amnesia in general here are some of them: Loss of explicit memory or recent memory where you are unable to recall recent information like events that took place earlier in the day.[8] Loss of implicit memory is when you do not have the retention of the event or material information but incapability to recall it through conscious effort. In many cases the patient does not even have the knowledge that he or she has this information. Childhood amnesia, this means inability to recall events from early childhood.[9] "." ScienceDaily, Web. 16 Jan. 2014. It may be caused by damage to areas of the brain where memories are processed and stored. Transient global amnesia is a short-term loss of memory. Amnesic syndrome is long-term memory loss and can be permanent. While there's no specific treatment, techniques for enhancing memory and psychological support can help amnesiacs and their families cope.[10] [11]

Diagnosis

A bunch of adults, sixty nine to be exact, had their memory examined.[12] The people running the examination recalled that a steep offset for childhood amnesia for this event before the child reaches age 2 1/2 years. They also examined if they people who were interviewed if their memories were correct. Most of the adults were accurate with their answers but false memories were a consistent feature of the data. In the information they found that fifty seven out of the sixty nine adults had about a family birth for which they could have no memory[13] .The pattern of results did not support the view that participants might be unable to differentiate between memories and knowledge about the event. [14] [15] "." ScienceDaily, Web. 16 Jan. 2014.

Video

This video is a easy explanation of what happens with childhood amnesia.

References

  1. Cause of Infantile Amnesia Revealed: New Neuron Formation Could Increase Capacity for New Learning, at Expense of Old Memories . [1] ScienceDaily. Web. Dateof lastupdate24 May 2013..
  2. sharecare. [http://www.sharecare.com/health/amnesia/what-causes-childhood-amnesia ] What Causes Childhood Amnesia? . Web accessed 16 Jan. 2014.
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  4. Cause of Infantile Amnesia Revealed: New Neuron Formation Could Increase Capacity for New Learning, at Expense of Old Memories . [2] ScienceDaily. Web. Dateof lastupdate24 May 2013..
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  10. Cause of Infantile Amnesia Revealed: New Neuron Formation Could Increase Capacity for New Learning, at Expense of Old Memories . [5] ScienceDaily. Web. Dateof lastupdate24 May 2013..
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  13. Cause of Infantile Amnesia Revealed: New Neuron Formation Could Increase Capacity for New Learning, at Expense of Old Memories . [8] ScienceDaily. Web. Dateof lastupdate24 May 2013..
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