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Development of Binding and Control Mechanisms Supporting Episodic Memory

      Two classes of psychological processes have binbeen demonstrated to support adult episodic memory: binding and control. Binding processes allow us to create, store, and later reinstate representations (‘bound” representations) by integrating information about an event with the constellation of contextual features surrounding it. Controlled processes allow us to initiate operations, such as strategies and assessments of current mental states, which guide the formation and monitor the retrieval of bound representations.
      The prevailing view is that binding processes develop early, and episodic memory development in middle childhood and beyond is driven mostly by changes in controlled processes. However, our research suggests that binding processes also continue to develop during this period. Our research aims to elucidate the development of episodic memory by teasing apart the contributions of binding and controlled processes.
      We are particularly interested in the previously underestimated development of binding mechanisms. We examine the capacity to bind events with their spatial and temporal context. Our investigations include behavioral and eye-tracking methodologies.