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Liz Piggott The hippocampus is a brain structure thought to be crucially involved in the formation of memory for facts and events. At birth and in early childhood this structure is not fully grown, and so memory of birth is unlikely. What's interesting is that the brain structure for emotional memory, the amygdala, is mature in infancy - the outcome of these two facts being that an emotionally ificant event during infancy may affect the way behaves later in life despite them not being able to remember the actual event.
David Sant, Oxford It is generally accepted that no-one can recall their birth. Most people generally do not remember anything before the age of three, although some theorists e. Usher and Neisser, argue that adults can remember important events - such as the birth of a sibling - when they occurred as early as the age of two. This is not to suggest that children cannot remember anything before this age. Even newborn infants can remember simple colour and shape combinations for a 24 hour period, with the sophistication and duration of recall increasing with age, such that by the age of two children can remember events which happened to them 12 months earlier.
Such memories, however, would undoubtedly not be recalled in later life. Explanations for these findings centre on the development of the hippocampus, and cognitive structures necessary for true autobiographical memory. John Dent, Middlesbrough, UK I can't remember being born, but I can clearly remember, both visually and aurally, things from being about 2 months old. I can even 'smell' the lining of my pram, and I could take you round a house we left when I was 3 months old and to which I have never returned. Last week or yesterday, however - you've got me there Feliz Forde-Bennett, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Although I have ben told it is impossible to recall your early childhood, I for a fact can recall with some vivdness, events that took place when I was only 4 or 5 months old.
I don't have a memory of every day, but when describing events to my parents we calculated they had taken place when I was only 4 or 5 months old. Terence Druffield, Harrogate Spa Our first child spooked us when he was small, by telling us the first thing he remembered was a white window opening and a man reaching for him. He was born by Caesarian, unknown to him at the time. Mike Whittaker, Peplow My daughter, at the age of nine months, heard a woman giving birth during a program on TV.
She held onto her ears with a look of great alarm, and tried to hold her breath. I am convinced she had a memory of birth at that moment. John Bramwells, Peterborough UK I have not read the book myself, but I do remember reading in the Guardian some decade or so back that the first 11 s of Salvador Dali's autobiography were devoted to his memories of what is was like to be in the womb before he was born. She said Yes, at first she could move around but then she couldn't and she was ready to come out.
I then asked her if she could remember being born. She said yes, and she descibed the room and the events that took place, she was born at home, We moved when she was 2 yrs The next year I asked her again and she had no memory of it and did not remember telling me the story. I am glad I wrote it down earlier. After our move she would remember smells from the old house when she came upon something, Today smells will still trigger old home memories.
I call it her memory 1 and memory 2, I think those early years are so full of stuggles of growing and dependence we want to forget it. Who wants to remember wet diapers?! Joyce, Calif USA Whilst stuggling to get my daughter, aged about 2, into a tight polo necked jumper, she suddenly said "it's like being borned". He sadi 'Yeah', so I asked him what it was like. He said 'soft' and 'dark' and then when asked what it looked like he said 'shiny' odd answer? I asked him if he could remember coming out and he said 'yes, it hurt me. Jo Walker, Canterbury UK would we really want to remember?
SJ, Glasgow Scotland Surely memory is linked to speech. If we have the ability to put something into words then we have the ability to store it and recall it. Isn't it likely that memory starts when language that is understanding basic language, not necessarily speaking is learned, making recollection of birth unlikely? VC, Kent, UK It gave me great comfort reading this, as nobody wants to believe me when I tell them I remember events that took place early in my life moving house at 11 months, my first birthday, my mother being pregnant and giving birth to my brother when I was 20 months old.
I am very grateful to my parents, who spoke to me like I was "a real person" which I obviously was since I was a new-born. This gave me a language and a vocabulary before I could speak, and must have improved my ability to remember.
Klara S. This is because the moment I was born, I watched the memory of where I had been before birth leave me. Mark, I don't remember being born, but do remember rooms and corners of where I lived before the age of one. I also remeember, aged 18 months, meeting my newborn brother from hospital in the back of a dark car in the rain. I gave him grapes somehow. Damn I wanted those grapes! A friend of mine lived in Germany until the age of 8 and doesn't remember anything whatsoever of it, but then she can organise her life much better than me.
Jonno, London, UK My son, aged two and a half to three, would often talk of the time before he was born saying how he and his friend Joe had fought together in the wars. I asked him where they had fought and he said it was in the skies before he was ever born. He was very matter of fact about it all. He would sometimes become annoyed when I confessed I couldn't see his friend Joe, who apparently had a favourite corner in the sitting room where he liked to sit.
My son would go to this corner and have conversations with Joe, sometimes requesting a drink or some food for him. When given, never consumed because, "Joe didn't realy feel like having it. Very soon after that time, my son quickly forgot all about Joe.
I do remember being two years old, the neighborhood I lived in, walking down the street with my brother and stopping at a neighbour's house for cookies and milk. It was three doors down from our house. Then my brother and I would walk through the back alley and down to an old barn that had an old washing machine in it and we'd pretend to do laundry. I always wondered, where was my mother The first is strange and quite inexplicable.
All three are in the order they occurred. I remember floating through the hospital window and seeing my mother lying in a bed while holding a baby. My father and brothers were standing around the bed. The second is of looking over the left shoulder of my mother as we drove away from the hospital. This was not a health-nurse visit. The third was of being breast fed. My mum stopped breastfeeding me by 9 months. Steve Bergen, Frankston, Australia I had a strange experience recently.
I was being audited in an organisation called Dianetics. This involved a person sitting opposite me and asking me to recall different events. I was genuinely surprised when I was able to give s on two occasions where I was observing my birth and hearing the conversation and seeing my mother and father as they were at that time. I have to state that I am the world's greatest sceptic and still am but I can't deny what happened.
I'm also 67 years old. Samuel Brown, Belfast, United Kingdom When i was born,i was so traumatised that i couldn't speak for two years. I dreamt that I was sucked up by my mum's vacuum cleaner, the type with the long hose and cylinder body and lay curled up in it.
In my dream I thought I'd died. The other odd thing was that I was covered in short hair. At the time I had no idea where babies came from, nor that they were curled up exactly as I saw myself. And it was only years later at school that I found out that a foetus is hairy at one point in its development.
I think my dream was a back-to-front memory of being born and being in the womb. Kathryn Borg, Leicester, UK I had a memory for a long time of being held high in a room, hearing a rush of noise while peering though a hand over my face - I figured this to be my birth by Caesarian almost 2 months premature. I remember being breastfed, being fed in the highchair, driving in the car, learning to walk I especially remember the frustration of knowing I wanted to get somewhere, pulling myself up on furniture and the crash of falling down on wet nappies. My mother denies I could because I was nine months old.
I remember my first birthday - not the fact it was my first birthday, I was able to describe a present I had in front of me and my mother scoffed that I couldn't have remembered it as it was my first birthday. But I sure remember the carpet and vinyl tiles removed from the house before I was one - I spent a lot of time on those.
I definitely remember being pre-verbal - of trying to tell my mother I wanted a drink but she couldn't understand. Then there were two stays in hospital before the age of 17 months, it was more about the colours and shapes of things that I didn't know what they were then, but because I can still see them all so visibly now I can name the experience Paula, New Zealand My 3 year old daughter is obsessed with wanting to get back into my belly. When ever she's sad or feeling clingy, she says "mummy can I get back in your belly?
Charlene Walker, Gillingham England I can't remember being born but I can remember the first time I was given semi-solid food after nothing but warm milk bottle fed, by the way - it felt so strange that it didn't just slip down easily, and I had to make an effort to swallow.
I can remember slewing sideways in my highchair in reaction. I was less than a year old, for sure. I can also remember the awful sensation of the tight 'swaddling' clothes an old woman grandmother? I've hated tight clothes or tucked-in bed-linen ever since. I can also remember breaking a window at 18 months old. I'm always amazed that people can't remember before the age of 3. C Laugesen, Leyland UK I have a vague memory of being carried out to my mother who was laying on a hospital bed. I must have been a baby because I was in the palms of their hands.
I also have vivid memories from when I was 12 months old. The human mind is a very powerful tool. You can unlock anything if you try. I was in a bedroom in my cot looking at the sun shining trough the window and curtains. I know it was when i was in my first year because it is my great nana's house that i describe. I was born at my great grandma's house at her home and remained there until i was 9 months old.
Danny Mousley, Sydenham, Australia I think that some people can remember the moment when she or he born but I think this is possible only when you are in a session of psychotherapy regression because the psychologist is an expert and can control the whole process.Adult matures in bath remember when we used to
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