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Bilingual Autobiographical Memory in Older Adult Immigrants: A Test of Cognitive Explanations of the Reminiscence Bump and the Linguistic Encoding of Memories

dc.contributor.author Rubin, David C
dc.contributor.author Schrauf, Robert W
dc.date.accessioned 2015-05-21T16:20:25Z
dc.date.issued 1998-10-01
dc.identifier.issn 0749-596X
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10161/10147
dc.description.abstract Twelve people who emigrated as adults from Spanish-speaking cultures and then spent at least 30 years in an Anglo culture were asked to provide autobiographical memories to word cues. All communication was in Spanish on one day and English on a second. In previous studies, there has been a bump or increase in autobiographical memories for the 10 to 30 decades. Here the increase in memories followed the age of immigration and settlement, supporting a cognitive theory of the reminiscence bump. The distributions of memories across the lifespan were similar for the Spanish sessions and the English sessions. Participants identified 20% of their memories as recalled internally in the language not being used that day. For this subset of memories, events prior to migration were more frequently recalled in Spanish, whereas events after migration were more frequently recalled in English. © 1998 Academic Press.
dc.relation.ispartof Journal of Memory and Language
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1006/jmla.1998.2585
dc.title Bilingual Autobiographical Memory in Older Adult Immigrants: A Test of Cognitive Explanations of the Reminiscence Bump and the Linguistic Encoding of Memories
dc.type Journal article
pubs.begin-page 437
pubs.end-page 457
pubs.issue 3
pubs.organisational-group Duke
pubs.organisational-group Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
pubs.organisational-group Institutes and Provost's Academic Units
pubs.organisational-group Psychology and Neuroscience
pubs.organisational-group Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
pubs.organisational-group University Institutes and Centers
pubs.publication-status Published
pubs.volume 39


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