Infantile amnesia, the common inability to recall autobiographical events from the early years of life, was first discussed by Freud (1905/1949) who asserted that it "turns everyone's childhood into something like a prehistoric epoch" (p. 54). Freud claimed that such amnesia results from the repression of sexual impulses, with a blockage separating childhood memories from adult consciousness. Since that time, the phenomenon of infantile amnesia has been a puzzle that continues to intrigue psychologists. A number of explanations have been offered over the past hundred years, and the topic remains the focus of theoretical debate (e.g., Conway & Pleydell-Pearce, 2000; Howe & Courage, 1993, 1997; Fivush & Hamond, 1990; Neisser, 1962; Nelson, 1996; Pillemer & White, 1989; Schachtel, 1947; Wang, Leichtman, & White, 1998).

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