A new study suggests that the earliest memories that people can recall, on average, point back to when they were just two-and-a-half years old. The findings push back the previous conclusions of the average age of earliest memories by one year.
The earlier age is due to something in memory dating called ‘telescoping’. “When you look at things that happened long ago, it’s like looking through a lens,” says one researcher. “The more remote a memory is, the telescoping effect makes you see it as closer. It turns out they move their earliest memory forward a year to about three and a half years of age. But we found that when the child or adult is remembering events from age four and up, this doesn’t happen.”
Earliest memories can start from the age of two-and-a-half - ScienceBlog.com