• Publications
  • Influence
Getting a life: the emergence of the life story in adolescence.
The authors delineate the implications of the life story framework for other research areas such as coping, attachment, psychotherapeutic process, and the organization of autobiographical memory. Expand
A Tale of Three Functions: The Self-Reported Uses of Autobiographical Memory.
Abstract Theories hold that autobiographical memory serves several broad functions (directive, self, and social). In the current study, items were derived from the theoretical literature to createExpand
Autobiographical memory: Exploring its functions in everyday life
  • S. Bluck
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Memory
  • 1 January 2003
This special issue of Memory spotlights research that uses a functional approach to investigate autobiographical memory (AM) in everyday life, taking into account the psychological, social, or cultural-historic context in which it occurs. Expand
Getting a life: the emergence of the life story in adolescence.
In the life story, autobiographical remembering and self-understanding are combined to create a coherent account of one's past. A gap is demonstrated between developmental research on theExpand
Making things better and learning a lesson: experiencing wisdom across the lifespan.
Unlike adolescents, older and, especially, young adults report having learned lessons about themselves or having gained a life philosophy from the wisdom-related event, which highlights both similarities and differences in the life span manifestation of experienced wisdom. Expand
Crafting the TALE: Construction of a measure to assess the functions of autobiographical remembering
The newly developed Thinking about Life Experiences scale (TALE) shows good internal consistency as well as convergent validity for three subscales: Self-Continuity, Social-Bonding, and Directing-Behaviour. Expand
The Life Story Schema
Current work on autobiographical memory does not take the term autobiographical seriously enough. Doing so requires taking not just single events, but the whole life and its coherence, into account:Expand
Positive and Negative Life Changes Following Bereavement and their Relations to Adjustment
We examined positive and negative life changes reported by bereaved spouses and parents 4-7 years after the sudden loss of a family member (N = 94). Although the bereaved described significantly moreExpand
Why are you telling me that? A conceptual model of the social function of autobiographical memory
A conceptual model of the social functions of autobiographical memory across the lifespan is provided and components of the model are shown to influence the type of social function served and/or, the extent to which social functions are served. Expand