Reminiscence and hypermnesia in children’s eyewitness memory

David J. La Rooy, Margaret-Ellen Pipe, Janice E. Murray

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Three experiments examined reminiscence and hypermnesia in 5- and 6-year-olds’ memory for an event across repeated interviews that occurred either immediately afterward (Experiment 1) or after a 6-month delay (Experiments 2 and 3). Reminiscence (recall of new information) was reliably obtained in all of the experiments, although the numbers of new items recalled were fewer after a delay than when the interviews occurred immediately afterward. Hypermnesia (increasing total recall over repeated recall attempts) was obtained only in Experiment 1 when interviews occurred immediately and 24 h after the event.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-254
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Experimental Child Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Memory
  • Eyewitness testimony
  • Reminiscence
  • Hypermnesia
  • Repeated interviewing


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