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Development of Prospection about Future Events

Our newest interest concerns the relation between the ability to remember the past and the ability to envision the future. Recent research suggests that episodic memory may be fundamentally linked to the ability to imagine one’s future. Indeed the function of episodic memory may be to facilitate the mental construction of possible future scenarios, allowing for action in the present that will benefit their future selves.

Episodic memory follows a protracted developmental time course, with improvements in the ability to consciously recollect one’s past being observed throughout childhood and adolescence. If episodic memory and future thinking are fundamentally intertwined, a developmental relation between the two capacities ought to be observed, such that future thinking should follow the same developmental trajectory as episodic memory (improving throughout childhood), and individual difference in the ability to episodically remember one’s past should be related to the ability to imagine one’s future.