Reminiscence Bump in Autobiographical Memory: Unexplained by Novelty, Emotionality, Valence, or Importance of Personal Events

@article{Janssen2008ReminiscenceBI,
  title={Reminiscence Bump in Autobiographical Memory: Unexplained by Novelty, Emotionality, Valence, or Importance of Personal Events},
  author={Steve M. J. Janssen and Jaap M. J. Murre},
  journal={Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology},
  year={2008},
  volume={61},
  pages={1847 - 1860}
}
  • S. Janssen, J. Murre
  • Published 19 November 2008
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
People tend to recall a disproportionately large number of personal events from their adolescence and early adulthood. This “reminiscence bump” has been examined extensively, but its causes remain unclear. In this Internet-based experiment, nearly 3,500 participants were given 10 cue words and were asked to describe the personal events that came to mind. Furthermore, they were asked to date each event and to indicate whether it was a first-time experience. Finally, the participants were asked… 
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