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Memory Development from Early Childhood Through Emerging Adulthood


  • Reviews fundamental capacities and mechanisms and explores advances in child and adolescent memory development

  • Integrates memory development research from such related disciplines as behavioral, neuropsychological, and evolutionary sciences

  • Examines infancy and brain-memory linkages as well as autobiographical and strategic memory

  • Explores applied research in eyewitness memory, memory development in educational contexts


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Wolfgang Schneider
    Pages 1-7
  3. Wolfgang Schneider
    Pages 9-23
  4. Wolfgang Schneider
    Pages 25-37
  5. Wolfgang Schneider
    Pages 183-230
  6. Wolfgang Schneider
    Pages 231-253
  7. Wolfgang Schneider
    Pages 255-308
  8. Wolfgang Schneider
    Pages 309-326
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 327-391

About this book


Memory is intimately involved with higher cognitive functions such as decision making and problem solving. It is front and center even in the most basic workings of the human mind. These multiple connections make memory a more diversified entity than we once thought it to be. But how does this all evolve in the individual, and over how long a time?

 Memory Development from Early Childhood Through Emerging Adulthood reviews current insights into ongoing and newer areas of developmental memory studies as well as innovations in testing, experimental design, and modeling. Chapters focus on pre-verbal and verbal memory, visuospatial memory, encoding and retrieval strategies, metamemory, and other core elements, locating their emergence from early infancy through emerging adulthood. The book's range of theories and findings carries considerable implications for study areas as varied as brain-behavior connections, children's learning styles, and the effects of early experiences on the developing psyche.

 Key topics addressed include:

  • The development of implicit memory
  • Memory development during the infant and toddler years
  • The development of event and autobiographical memory in childhood and adolescence
  • The role of basic memory capacity and working memory
  • Effects of the knowledge base on memory development
  • The development of metamemory

 Memory Development from Early Childhood Through Emerging

Adulthood is an essential resource for researchers, graduate students, and clinicians/scientist-practitioners in developmental and cognitive psychology as well as related mental and educational disciplines.



Autobiographical memory in children and adolescents Basic memory capacities in childhood Event memory in children and adolescents Eyewitness memory in children and adolescents History of memory development Individual differences in memory development Knowledge and memory development Memory development and the brain Memory development in infancy Memory in schools Memory strategy development in children Skilled remembering in children Sociocultural theories of memory development Theories of memory development Working memory in children and adolescents

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Dept. PsychologyUniversity of WürzburgWürzburgGermany

About the authors

Wolfgang Schneider is currently Professor of Psychology at the Department of Psychology, University of Würzburg, Germany. He received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Heidelberg in 1979. His research interests include the development of memory and metacognition, giftedness and expertise, the development of reading and spelling as well as the prevention of reading and math difficulties. He was Vice President and President of the German Psychological Society (2000-2004) and also Vice President of the University of Würzburg (2004-2009). He is author and (co-) editor of about 40 books, including the volume co-authored with Michael Pressley on Memory Development between Two and Twenty and (co-) authored about 350 journal articles and book chapters. Professor Schneider is currently President of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development (ISSBD).

Bibliographic information


“The book provides an important discussion on the interaction of implicit and explicit memory. … it is unquestionably an excellent resource for graduate students, researchers, and practitioners. … the book provides an excellent review of the development of memory while noting important debates and controversies within the field. … Anyone planning to teach a course in memory development will want to give this book very serious consideration.” (Stephen J. Ceci, Kayla A. Burd and Karen Ojeda, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 60 (33), August, 2015)