Have you ever wondered why you don’t remember being a baby? Or why you can easily remember all the lyrics to a song you learned as a teenager – even if it was 20 (or more) years ago?
The answers to these questions may lie in the way our memory systems develop as we grow from babies to teenagers and into early adulthood. Our brain is not fully developed at birth – it continues to grow and change during this important period of our lives. And, as our brains develop, so does our memory. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and take a look.
Adults rarely remember anything before the age of three, and when it comes to things that happened to them between the ages of three and seven, their memories are fuzzy. This is a phenomenon known as “infantile amnesia”.