Autobiographical Memory

How do we remember our past? How does the way we reconstruct the events in our lives influence what we remembered? How do we know who we are? 

In our lab, we use number of methods to investigate how we remember past experiences and how we construct our sense of identity in relation to our memories. Regarding these aspects of memory, we focus on the distribution of autobiographical memories across life-span (e.i., childhood amnesia, reminiscence bump), self-defining memories, self-consistent / self-discrepant memories and the way we narrate them as well as the impacts of culture on the content and structure of autobiographical memory. In addition to memory for personal events, we are interested in memory for public events and their temporal distribution across life-span.

Our applied work investigates the relationship between memory processes and psychopathology.

If you are interested in learning more about our research on autobiographical memory, here are some relevant references:

Tekcan, A. İ., Kaya-Kızılöz, B., & Odaman, H. (2012). Life scripts across age groups: A comparison of adolescents, young adults and older adults. Memory, 20(8), 836-847. [PubMed]

Peker, M., & Tekcan, A. İ. (2009). The role of familiarity among group members in collaborative inhibition and social contagion. Social Psychology, 40, 111-118. [PsychNet]

Aydemir, N., Tekcan, A. İ., & Özkara, Ç. (2009). Remembering the first seizure and the diagnosis: How much impact do they have on our lives? Epilepsy & Behavior, 16, 156-160. [PubMed]

Erdoğan, A., Baran, B., Avlar, B., Taş, Ç, & Tekcan, A. İ. (2008). On the persistence of positive events in life scripts. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 22, 95-111. [Wiley]

                                                                      Norman Rockwell