Thursday, December 30, 2010

Slippery memories and the tasks of fiction

I recently had an opportunity to write a guest post for the online magazine OnFiction, whose focus is on psychological processes in the reading and writing of fiction. I chose to look at how novelists might benefit from embracing the reconstructive view of memory. You can read the piece here.

Thursday, December 23, 2010


If you have joined me from The Ladybird Papers, thanks for hopping over. As you'll have noticed, my focus has changed slightly over the last year, with more posts on autobiographical memory (reflecting the topic of my next book). I'll still be posting on developmental psychology topics, though, and anything else that takes my fancy.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Talking about the past

In my latest Psychology Today blog post, I pick up on the theme of memory development to examine the role played by conversations about the past in the organization of children's memories. This includes a look at some new research which shows that mothers' style of talking about the past with their preschoolers shows its influence even into adolescence. You can read the new post here.

Friday, December 3, 2010

The shifting boundary of childhood amnesia

Adults forget their early childhoods, but can children remember them? In my latest post on my Psychology Today blog, I look at some new research that addresses this question.