Development of Temporal-Reconstructive Abilities
In a study of the ability to reconstruct the times of past events, 86 children from 4 to 13 years recalled the times of 2 in-class demonstrations that had occurred 3 months earlier and judged the times of hypothetical events. Many of the abilities needed to reconstruct the times of events were present by 6 years, including the capacity to interpret many temporally relevant cues, but there were substantial changes well into middle childhood in the availability of temporally useful episodic information. Children were poor at remembering the events' proximity or order with respect to a major holiday, but the order of the 2 target events was well recalled by 6 years.
Friedman, William J. 2005. "Development of Temporal-Reconstructive Abilities." Child Development 76(6): 1202-1216.
Children, Temporal integration, Memory, Classes (Groups of students), Ability in children