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Age when childhood memories fade

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 10 January 2014 - 08:31 PM

Most adults struggle to recall events from their first few years of life and now scientists have identified exactly when these childhood memories fade and are lost forever.

A new study into childhood amnesia - the phenomenon where early memories are forgotten - has found that it tends to take affect around the age of seven.


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Posted 10 January 2014 - 08:58 PM

i remember from around the age of 18 months when my brother was born x

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Posted 11 January 2014 - 04:27 AM

I remember from the time I was 5

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Posted 11 January 2014 - 07:44 AM

ha! i got both of you beat! i can barely remember any of my childhood at all!

i guess i don't actually have both of you beat

... and now i'm sad.

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Posted 11 January 2014 - 10:03 AM

A fun game to play is trying to recall your earliest memory. Think of a really old one, and just keep thinking about that timeframe. You might surprise yourself..

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Posted 11 January 2014 - 10:06 AM

I can remember asking for a womb with a view!

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Posted 11 January 2014 - 12:59 PM

I remember a lot about kindergarden and first grade....  (age 5 to 7.5)  ..  i was in love with my kindergarden teacher  ..  Miss Underhill :wub:
  She had beautiful golden brown hair  .. glasses... and a body to graduate for!   ... and upon further reflection,  beautiful green eyes,, how's that for faded memories?

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Posted 11 January 2014 - 08:54 PM

When I was a teenager, I asked my Mom if we ever rode a train, because I vividly remember looking out the window of a moving train. She told me there was no way I could remember that because I was only about 2 months old ! But, I do. It's kind of like a snapshot in my mind, rather than a video.

It's the same way with my Father, who passed away when I was three. I have numerous "snapshots" in my mind of doing different things with my Dad.

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Posted 11 January 2014 - 11:05 PM

"snapshot"   .. ya that describes them pretty good.   I think maybe we sort of  update  the memories as we recall them ?  
I remember having to go to the neighbors house after kindergarden  (yuk!)  ...  till  Grampa moved in... then i remember coming home and making he and i a can of chicken noodle soup for lunch!   ... i also remember him smoking cigars at the picnic table, and sitting in a chair in the living room ,with whiskey breath.  
.. I also remember him calling by sister Kathleen...  Katty!   lol   all from age 5.

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Posted 12 January 2014 - 01:18 AM

My earliest memory I manage to recall was I'm lying down on a bed in a pink-colored room with a curtain facing the other side. Could been a hospital (UCLA diagnostic in L.A.) where I was diagnosed with autism in age 4. My Mom recollectively remembered what she was told I couldn't do by these neurologist doctors: ride a bike, have a job and recognize my Mom in a room full of women. It turns out they were just flat-out wrong.

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Posted 12 January 2014 - 04:06 AM

I remember sneaking out of the house to see my grandfather before he went to work one morning, he lived next door to us, and he picked me up and carried me back home, I was 3 or 4 at the time.

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 04:34 AM

I have many memories from my childhood,my first temptation,the first time that I was embarrassed,the first mouse I killed.As a child before school age we didn't have daycare and most everyone's mom was at home so I was free to roam about my neighborhood because everyone knew who's child you were and mothers would just stand at the back door and call for you and even if you were blocks away you could hear a chorus of women telling where they saw you or where you were. Ahh those were the days.


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Posted 13 January 2014 - 06:02 AM

I remember being carried around by my mother in the frontpack.

In my early 20s now.

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 10:45 PM

So according to this forum, the study is not accurate?

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 11:01 PM

Here is a meditative technique I've used to recall memories f.  After bringing yourself to a relaxed stated think about where you are in life, whats going on, your job your friends etc.  Then subtract 5 years from your age and think of what was going on then.  Then subtract another 5 years etc....I was amazed at how clearly I could recall memories form very early childhood.

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