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Why can't we remember being babies?

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Author's Note: Why can't we remember being babies?

Oh, how I wish my children could remember being babies! Their memories, so strong as toddlers, are now propped up by the stories I tell them. Anecdotally, I can say the research that finds mix-handed children remember events from an earlier age seems to be holding true in my family. My son, who often is ambidextrous, remembers things from an astonishingly early age.

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  • Gray, Richard. "Scientists Pinpoint Age When Childhood Memories Fade." The Telegraph. Jan. 10, 2014. (June 2, 2014) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/10564312/Scientists-pinpoint-age-when-childhood-memories-fade.html
  • Insel, Tom. "Infantile Amnesia." National Institute of Mental Health. Aug. 19, 2014. (June 2, 2014) http://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/director/2013/infantile-amnesia.shtml
  • Locke, Susannah. "Why Can't You Remember Being a Baby?" Vox. May 8, 2014. (June 2, 2014) http://www.vox.com/2014/5/8/5695500/why-cant-you-remember-being-a-baby-science-explains
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