Can anyone recommend studies about how good (or bad) everyday memory is for events? How much of what happens today will I be able to remember next week? In a month or a year?

This was deliberately framed in lay language but I am looking for proper cognitive studies of episodic memory but these are likely to be relatively naturalistic - the idea is to get a sense of how much of daily life can be recalled.

  • $\begingroup$ Had the user provided references to what she meant as diary studies, would this question have remained open? $\endgroup$
    – Seanny123
    Oct 2, 2017 at 21:41
  • $\begingroup$ Hi Seanny123, the diary studies most often cited in student textbooks are Linton (1978) and Wagenaar (1986) but these both used an N of 1 (the author). $\endgroup$
    – Alexa
    Oct 3, 2017 at 10:46
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    $\begingroup$ Yes! Please be as technical/specific as possible by including references to make it as easy as possible for someone to provide a concise answer to your question. Sorry for the confusion. I'm the person on Twitter who referred you. $\endgroup$
    – Seanny123
    Oct 3, 2017 at 17:48
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    $\begingroup$ This site is indeed not the quickest on the SE network. It may take some time to get the question right for first time users and it may take folks some time to write an answer. We focus on quality. Answering unclear questions generally results in the dreaded yes, but that's not what I wanted to know... I recommend to make the question as explicit as possible and please do not attempt to make it a lay question. $\endgroup$
    – AliceD
    Oct 3, 2017 at 18:27
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    $\begingroup$ Yes, a more formal question is advised. +1 to encourage you to do so :) $\endgroup$
    – AliceD
    Oct 4, 2017 at 19:53


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