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identity as they age (Piolino et al., 2002).
Overall, autobiographical memory seems to “bump” and be affected by recency over the lifespan. Depending on what semantic and episodic retrospective memories a person has, he or she may be better able to adapt to his or her current life situations. Everyone has memories that they cherish and hope to maintain over the lifetime. If those memories occurred between the ages of 10 and 30, the likelihood of them remaining appears to be higher.
Many different theories have been postulated to explain why the autobiographical bump occurs across the lifespan. Whichever theory is utilized the fact remains that it does not appear as though people simply lose intelligence over the lifespan. Instead, people draw on different autobiographical memories throughout their lives and utilize these memories to achieve different life goals.