Although as adults most of us cannot remember much before the age of 3 or 4, a new Canadian study conducted by a team from the Memorial University of Newfoundland has discovered that children ranging from 4 to 13 years old are able to recall details of their very early life.
A study group of about 100 children between 4 and 13 years old were asked to recall their earliest memories. Many events occurring before their second birthdays were cited by the children. The same group was asked two years later about their earliest memories but were either unable to recall the same memories or the younger children recalled different memories.
Researchers confirmed the earliest memories, some as early as 18 months, with the parents to verify the accuracy of the children’s accounts, confirming dates and times of events.
During second interviews conducted with the children, they were presented with detailed accounts from the memories they had recalled two years before. The children believed that these events had not happened to them.
Doctor Patricia Bauer of Emory University of Atlanta, Georgia has done previous studies in this area and believes that early childhood memories may be encoded differently than later memories causing us to ‘lose’ those memories as we age.