Momentous Events and the Life Story

  title={Momentous Events and the Life Story},
  author={David B. Pillemer},
  journal={Review of General Psychology},
  pages={123 - 134}
  • D. Pillemer
  • Published 1 June 2001
  • Psychology
  • Review of General Psychology
Memories of specific life episodes, termed personal event memories, have only recently become a focus of systematic research. In this article, memories of momentous events are analyzed from a functional perspective. First, personal event memory is defined. Second, research on the temporal organization of specific memories across the life span is described. Third, psychological functions served by remembering momentous events are illustrated. Fourth, variations in the structure and content of… 
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