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Overview

  • David B. Pillemer is the Dr. Samuel E. Paul Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of New Hampshire, where he is also a senior fellow at the Carsey School of Public Policy. Previously, he was the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Psychology at Wellesley College. Pillemer’s research specialty is autobiographical memory across the life span. He has studied memory development in children, “flashbulb” memories of momentous events, memories of educational experiences, memory and self-esteem, older adults’ memories of salient life events, and gender and cultural differences in memory performance. He is the author or editor of several books, including Momentous Events, Vivid Memories and Summing Up: The Science of Reviewing Research, both published by Harvard University Press, and Developmental Psychology and Social Change, published by Cambridge University Press.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2019 What happened in kindergarten? Mother-child conversations about life story chapters.Memory.  27:49-62. 2019
    2018 Writing about life story chapters increases self-esteem: Three experimental studies.Journal of Personality2018
    2018 Development of the Life Story in Early AdolescenceJournal of Early Adolescence.  38:125-138. 2018
    2017 I Know My Story and I Know Your Story: Developing a Conceptual Framework for Vicarious Life Stories.Journal of Personality.  85:464-480. 2017
    2017 A decline in self-defining memories following a diagnosis of schizophrenia.Comprehensive Psychiatry.  76:18-25. 2017
    2017 Talking after school: Parents' conversational styles and children's memory for a science lesson.Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.  156:1-15. 2017
    2017 Examining Relations between Aging, Life Story Chapters, and Well-BeingApplied Cognitive Psychology.  31:207-215. 2017
    2017 Life Story Chapters, Specific Memories, and Conceptions of the SelfApplied Cognitive Psychology.  31:478-487. 2017
    2016 The relocation bump: Memories of middle adulthood are organized around residential moves.Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.  145:935-940. 2016
    2016 Life Story Chapters: Past and Future, You and MeJournal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition.  5:143-149. 2016
    2015 Vicarious memories.Consciousness and Cognition.  36:233-245. 2015
    2015 Development of the Life Story in Adolescence 2015
    2015 Using memories to motivate future behaviour: an experimental exercise intervention.Memory.  23:390-402. 2015
    2014 The reminiscence bump in older adults' life story transitions.Memory.  22:1002-1009. 2014
    2013 I Remember When You Taught Me That! Preschool Children's Memories of Realistic Learning EpisodesInfant and Child Development.  22:603-621. 2013
    2013 The effects of documentation on young children's memoryEarly Childhood Research Quarterly.  28:568-577. 2013
    2013 Feeling good and bad about the past and future self.Memory.  21:210-218. 2013
    2011 The reminiscence bump for salient personal memories: is a cultural life script required?Memory and Cognition.  39:977-991. 2011
    2011 Involuntary Autobiographical Memories: An Introduction to the Unbidden PastMemory Studies.  4:343-345. 2011
    2011 Life story chapters, specific memories and the reminiscence bump.Memory.  19:267-279. 2011
    2011 'I Remember When I Learned That!' Developmental and Gender Differences in Children's Memories of Learning EpisodesInfant and Child Development.  20:387-399. 2011
    2010 Self-Esteem Memories and School Success in Early AdolescenceApplied Cognitive Psychology.  24:1265-1278. 2010
    2010 Memories of past episodes shape current intentions and decisions.Memory.  18:365-374. 2010
    2009 Twenty Years After Baddeley (1988): Is the Study of Autobiographical Memory Fully Functional?Applied Cognitive Psychology.  23:1193-1208. 2009
    2008 When we feel good and bad about ourselves: self-esteem memories across cultures.Memory.  16:703-711. 2008
    2008 Long-Term Episodic Memory in Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity DisorderLearning Disabilities Research and Practice.  23:25-35. 2008
    2007 Self-esteem memories: feeling good about achievement success, feeling bad about relationship distress.Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.  33:1292-1305. 2007
    2007 Cultural scripts guide recall of intensely positive life events.Memory and Cognition.  35:651-659. 2007
    2006 Adult recollections of earliest childhood dreams: a cross-cultural study.Memory.  14:57-67. 2006
    2005 Developmental Psychology and Social Change Research, History and Policy PrefaceDEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY AND SOCIAL CHANGE: RESEARCH, HISTORY AND POLICY.  IX-X. 2005
    2005 Introduction: What Kind of Science Is Developmental Psychology?DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY AND SOCIAL CHANGE: RESEARCH, HISTORY AND POLICY.  1-7. 2005
    2003 Gender differences in autobiographical memory styles of older adults.Memory.  11:525-532. 2003
    2003 Directive functions of autobiographical memory: The guiding power of the specific episodeMemory.  11:193-202. 2003
    2003 Directive functions of autobiographical memory: The guiding power of the specific episodeMemory.  11:193-202. 2003
    2003 Directive functions of autobiographical memory: the guiding power of the specific episode.Memory.  11:193-202. 2003
    2000 When Baby Maisy came to school - Mothers' interview styles and preschoolers' event memoriesCognitive Development.  15:99-114. 2000
    1998 What is remembered about early childhood events?Clinical Psychology Review.  18:895-913. 1998
    1990 Children's sex-related stereotyping of colors.Child Development.  61:1453-1460. 1990
    1990 CLARIFYING THE FLASHBULB MEMORY CONCEPT - COMMENTJournal of Experimental Psychology: General.  119:92-96. 1990
    1989 Childhood events recalled by children and adults.Advances in Child Development and Behavior.  21:297-340. 1989
    1988 VERY LONG-TERM MEMORIES OF THE 1ST YEAR IN COLLEGEJournal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition.  14:709-715. 1988
    1988 MEMORIES OF STATEMENTS SPOKEN IN EVERYDAY CONTEXTSApplied Cognitive Psychology.  2:273-286. 1988
    1987 Flashbulb memories of menarche and adult menstrual distress.Journal of Adolescence.  10:187-199. 1987
    1986 MEMORIES OF LIFE TRANSITIONS - THE 1ST YEAR IN COLLEGEHUMAN LEARNING.  5:109-123. 1986
    1984 Flashbulb memories of the assassination attempt on President Reagan.Cognition.  16:63-80. 1984
    1984 CONCEPTUAL ISSUES IN RESEARCH SYNTHESISJournal of Special Education.  18:27-40. 1984
    1982 NUMBERS AND NARRATIVE - COMBINING THEIR STRENGTHS IN RESEARCH REVIEWSHarvard Educational Review.  52:1-26. 1982
    1980 SYNTHESIZING OUTCOMES - HOW TO USE RESEARCH EVIDENCE FROM MANY STUDIESHarvard Educational Review.  50:176-195. 1980
    1978 IMPORTANCE OF SMALL BUT CONSISTENT GROUP DIFFERENCES ON STANDARDIZED TESTS - CASE OF SEX-DIFFERENCES ON MCCARTHY-SCALES OF CHILDRENS ABILITIESJournal of Clinical Psychology In Session - Psychotherapy in Practice.  34:443-445. 1978

    Chapter

    Year Title
    2009 "Hearing the news" versus "being there" Comparing flashbulb memories and recall of first-hand experiences.  125-140. 2009
    2003 Cultural variations in interdependence and autobiographical memory: Lessons from Korea, China, India and the United States.  Ed. Pillemer, David.  73-98. 2003
    The development of children's autobiographical memory for learning episodes

    Conference Proceeding

    Year Title
    1998 Remembering the past in the present: Verb tense shifts in autobiographical memory narrativesAUTOBIOGRAPHICAL MEMORY. 145-162. 1998
    1994 VERY LONG-TERM MEMORIES OF A SALIENT PRESCHOOL EVENTApplied Cognitive Psychology. 95-106. 1994
    1992 PRESCHOOL CHILDRENS MEMORIES OF PERSONAL CIRCUMSTANCES - THE FIRE ALARM STUDYAFFECT AND ACCURACY IN RECALL. 121-137. 1992
    1992 REMEMBERING PERSONAL CIRCUMSTANCES - A FUNCTIONAL-ANALYSISAFFECT AND ACCURACY IN RECALL. 236-264. 1992

    Teaching Activities

  • Pract&Sem/Teaching Psychology Taught course 2018
  • AdvTop/Autobiographical Memory Taught course 2017
  • Senior Honors Tutorial Taught course 2017
  • Doctoral Research Taught course 2016
  • Doctoral Research Taught course 2015
  • Adv Top/Autobiog Memory Taught course 2015
  • Advanced Research Taught course 2015
  • Adv Sem/Developmental Psych Taught course 2014
  • Advanced Research Taught course 2014
  • Senior Honors Tutorial Taught course 2014
  • Doctoral Research Taught course 2014
  • Top/Autobiographical Memory Taught course 2014
  • Education And Training

  • B.A. Psychology, University of Chicago
  • Ed.D. Human Development&Family Study, Harvard University
  • Full Name

  • David Pillemer