Life happens when you are young: reminiscence bump in cultural life scripts regardless of number of events elicited

Annette Bohn*, Jonathan Koppel, Celia B. Harris

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    Abstract

    Cultural life scripts are representations of a prototypical life course within a culture, consisting of a shared understanding of culturally important transitional events and their timing. Cultural life scripts contain a "bump" for events in adolescence and early adulthood, mirroring the reminiscence bump in autobiographical memory. However, the bump in the cultural life script might be due to the typical methodology used, namely generating only the seven most important events in a prototypical life, thus prioritizing early events. Here, we tested whether expanding the number of events would level the bump in the cultural life script. Four groups of 100 participants each generated a cultural life script with four, seven, 15 or 25 events. Across groups, there was a clear bump in adolescence and early adulthood, showing that the bump in cultural life scripts is highly robust and not an artefact of methodology.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)337-342
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition
    Volume6
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2017

    Keywords

    • cultural life script
    • reminiscence bump
    • important memories
    • autobiographical memory

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