3 Oct, 2015

‘Delayed remembering’: Kids can remember tomorrow what they forgot today

Medical Xpress | Pam Frost Gorder | 21 September 21, 2015

Abstract: While playing a video  that asked them to remember associations between objects, 4- and 5-year-olds who re-played the game after a two-day delay scored more than 20 percent higher than  who re-played it later the same day.

“An implication is that kids can be smarter than we necessarily thought they could be,” said Kevin Darby, a doctoral student in psychology at The Ohio State University and co-author of the study. “They can make complex associations, they just need more time to do it.”

The study, which will appear in an upcoming issue of the journal Psychological Science, is the first to document two different but related cognitive phenomena simultaneously: so-called “extreme forgetting”—when kids learn two similar things in rapid succession, and the second thing causes them to forget the first—and delayed remembering—when they can recall the previously forgotten  days later.

The findings “give us a window into understanding memory and, in particular, the issue of encoding new information into memory,” said lead study author Vladimir Sloutsky, professor of psychology at Ohio State and director of the university’s Cognitive Development Lab.