chapter  9
Children's Forgetting With Implications for Memory Suggestibility
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Summing up, although early developmental studies failed to detect age variability in forgetting rates, their designs included factors that would tend to obscure such variability. When those factors are eliminated, forgetting rates are found to decline markedly between early childhood and young adulthood and then to increase in late adulthood. The counterargument that this finding is a by-product of correlated developmental differences in learning rate or learning opportunities or both has not received support in follow-up studies.