chapter  5
Autobiographical Memory: What, How Well, and From What Periods Do We Remember Our Own Histories?
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Certainly one of the most basic and most significant forms of real-world memory, and one that has been central to the debate over real-world versus lab studies of cognition, is what has been referred to as autobiographical memory (AM). Simply stated, autobiographical memory refers to memory for some aspect of or event in one’s personal history. Thus, AM includes such things as memories of childhood, college days, marriage, the birth of children, and other events, significant or trivial, in people’s lives.