What’s the Reminiscence Bump?

Catherine Lanser
3 min readJul 3, 2019
what’s the Reminiscence Bump? People tend to remember more memories from age 10–15 to 30 than any other time in their life. Is it because our minds are younger? Is it because of new and novel experiences? Is it because of a culturally conditioned story line? Is it because we are forming our identity?

If you were to think about your life, what period would you remember best? If you said your teens and 20s, you’re not alone. There’s even a name for the phenomenon. It’s called the reminiscence bump and researchers have been studying why our adolescence and young adulthood is so memorable for more than 30 years.

The basic idea of the reminiscence bump is that people over the age of 40 remember more memories from…

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Catherine Lanser

Narrative nonfiction and memoir. Querying my memoir about my family, told through the lens of brain tumor.