The faintest waft is sometimes enough to induce feelings of hunger, anticipation or to transport you back through time and space to a long-forgotten moment in your childhood. It can overwhelm you in an instant or simply tease you, creeping into your consciousness slowly and evaporating almost the moment it is detected.Memory is the process of retaining and retrieving facts, events, impressions and experiences. A fundamental aspect of the human memory is that the more time that has elapsed since an event, the fainter the memory becomes. This has been shown to be true on a relatively linear scale with the exception of our first three to four years of life. The absence of memory in these first years has sparked much interest as to how and why it happens. Ever since Freud first introduced the phenomenon there have been many questions and few robust empirical studies. According to JoNell (1993) childhood amnesia is defined as the period of life from which no events are remembered beginning at birth and ending at the start of

your first memory.

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The implications of why this occurs are important for the understanding of how our memory system develops and the memory formation process. In this experiment I will try to remember my earliest memory and compare it to the memory of a relative, in doing so I will try to come to the conclusion on whether my memory is what we consider a false memory. A memory that always comes to mind when dwelling on the past is Christmas at my grandparent’s house. Christmas at their house was always a big deal; especially because I was the only grandchild for the first ten years. I vaguely recall my mother getting me ready and putting my Christmas dress on and then fussing with her because I did not want her to put the big bow in my hair.

Getting to my grandparents house is a blur but I remember walking into the house and was in awe. From the big Christmas tree to the mound of presents under the tree to the tr…

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