𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝟓𝟔: 𝐑𝐞𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐁𝐮𝐦𝐩
We do not remember events from all ages of our lives equally, as there's a tendency for our episodic memories (i.e. our memories of life events) to cluster around certain periods in our lives.
Whilst in childhood amnesia we rarely remember events from before the ages of 2-4 and have patchy memories for events between the ages of 3 to 7, we tend to have strong episodic memories of our adolescence and early adulthood years. This phenomenon is called the "𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐛𝐮𝐦𝐩". Think of it as the opposite of childhood amnesia.
Adults over the age of 40 have more memories from their teens and twenties than from any other period in their lives, and this may explain "𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐠𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐨𝐥𝐝 𝐝𝐚𝐲𝐬" and "𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐈 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐚𝐠𝐞" comments you hear from middle aged and older people.
One explanation for this phenomenon is the emergence of self-identity and real sense of self during adolescence and early twenties, which gives memories during this period particular emotional significance as they are thought to define us. Many significant events in particular occur during this time, such as graduating from school or university, finding one's partner, becoming a parent, or starting a job.
The reminiscence bump could also be the result of the brain changes that happen during adolescence and early adulthood, including the extensive synaptic pruning, synaptic reorganisation and strengthening, and increased myelination (check posts for days 24 and 54). However, I couldn't find research exploring these links.
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