Binding, relational memory, and recall of naturalistic events: a developmental perspective

J Exp Psychol Learn Mem Cogn. 2006 Jan;32(1):89-100. doi: 10.1037/0278-7393.32.1.89.


This research was an investigation of children's performance on a task that requires memory binding. In Experiments 1 and 2, 4-year-olds, 6-year-olds, and adults viewed complex pictures and were tested on memory for isolated parts in the pictures and on the part combinations (combination condition). The results suggested improvement in memory for the combinations between the ages of 4 and 6 years but not in memory for the isolated parts. In Experiments 2 and 3, the authors also examined the developmental relationship between performance in the combination condition and free recall of a naturalistic event, finding preliminary evidence that performance on a memory task that requires binding is positively related to performance in episodic memory.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Association Learning*
  • Attention*
  • Child
  • Child Development*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Color Perception*
  • Depth Perception
  • Discrimination Learning
  • Female
  • Field Dependence-Independence
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Memory, Short-Term
  • Mental Recall*
  • Middle Aged
  • Orientation*
  • Pattern Recognition, Visual*
  • Psychophysics
  • Retention, Psychology