Children Visited The Laboratory For 3 Separate Sessions

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Children visited the laboratory for 3 separate sessions (2 behavioral sessions and 1 MRI session) as part of a larger study, Hippocampal-Memory study. They completed structural and functional MRI scanning, and behavioral assessments of memory, executive function, general cognitive abilities, theory of mind, and IQ. Only data from the autobiographical memory task and the MRI scans are used in this paper. During the first behavioral session, while the child and researcher completed some memory and cognitive tasks, the parent or legal guardian of the child was asked to complete an Autobiographical Parent Event Sheet (appendix 1). They were asked to recollect and write down two unique and distinctive events that their child has experienced…show more content…
The researcher began the interview by explaining to the child the general format of the autobiographical memory task “Since I wasn’t with you during these times, it’s up to you to tell me everything you can about each one. When you’re done, I’ll ask you a few questions”. Participants were not allowed to receive any assistance from their parent or legal guardian during the interview. Discussion of each event began with the presentation of the event title and a general prompt, “What can you tell me about X” followed by the child’s free recall of his/her memory for the event. The event title contained very minimal information needed for the child to distinguish the event (e.g., “What can you tell me about the time you went camping?”). If the child could not remember the event or has multiple experiences of the event, (e.g., the child has went on several different camping trips), an event clarifier was given. An event clarifier is a specific detail (i.e., a cue) about the event given by the parent on the Autobiographical Parent Event Sheet that served to distinguish the event from other events in the child’s past (e.g., “when you went camping at Spilt Rock Lighthouse”). Also, if it was that case that the child begins to recall the wrong event, the researcher stopped the child and provided them with an event clarifier. During free recall, the experimenter gave the child general prompts to

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