Analysis of the Phenomenology of Autobiographical Memory within the Framework of Cultural-Historical Approach



The author reviews various studies on sociocultural determination of the development and functioning of autobiographical memory as a specific personality and cognitive system. The author compares these studies with her own findings which indicate the possibility of elaborating more thoroughly upon the topic using the ideas developed within L.S. Vygotsky's school of thought.

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Keywords: autobiographical memory, childhood amnesia, cultural-historical approach

Journal rubric: Theory and Methodology

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Nurkova V.V. Analysis of the Phenomenology of Autobiographical Memory within the Framework of Cultural-Historical Approach. Kul'turno-istoricheskaya psikhologiya = Cultural-Historical Psychology, 2008. Vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 17–26. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Veronika V. Nurkova, Doctor of Psychology, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Leading researcher at the School of Anthropology of the Future, Institute of Social Sciences of the Russian National Economy and Public Administration under the President of the Russian Federation (RANEPA), Associate Professor of the Faculty of the Effective Academy of Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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