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    Children with autism have trouble recalling memories

    Children with autism struggle to remember details of events from their own lives, reports a study published 27 November in Development and Psychopathology.

    Autobiographical memories can help people connect socially with others, for instance by sharing intimate details about their past, something individuals with autism have trouble doing. The new study suggests that treatments that improve their memory may also improve their social abilities.

    The study assessed children's autobiographical memories by testing both semantic memory, which stores facts such as names and addresses, and episodic memory, which records events they experienced, such as a birthday party.

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