The Ontogeny of Memory Revisited: Commentary on Nelson and Fivush
The issues surrounding memory and the role that emotional experience plays in forming and maintaining early memories have important implications for the field of developmental psychology. Traditionally, cognitive and affective development have been studied separately. New research, such as that presented by Nelson (this volume) and Fivush (this volume), has begun to explore some of the ways in which these areas might overlap and influence one another. This commentary first addresses some issues and questions raised by Katherine Nelson in her chapter, followed by those issues raised by Robyn Fivush (chapter 3). Finally, we ask how these two approaches might be combined to further increase our understanding of the intersection of memory and affect.