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When can babies begin making memories?

Psychologists have found that children as young as 3 months old and as young as 6 months old can have long-term memories. The difference, however, comes in which memories are retained. It appears that babies are born with more intact unconscious, or implicit, memories. However, explicit, or episodic, memory -- the kind of memory that records specific events -- does not carry information over that three-year gap, which explains why people forget their births.

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