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early memory

adult recollection of childhood events, which typically goes back only to the age of 3 or so, even though the capacity to learn is present at birth. The absence of earlier childhood memories, referred to as childhood amnesia, has been noted since the time of Sigmund Freud. Explanations include neural immaturity, absence of language or adult schemas to organize event memory, or different coding dimensions in infancy.

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