The reminiscence bump in the temporal distribution of the best football players of all time: Pelé, Cruijff or Maradona?

Stephanus Janssen, David Rubin, Martin Conway

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    Abstract

    The reminiscence bump is the tendency to recall more autobiographical memories from adolescence and early adulthood than from adjacent lifetime periods. In this online study, the robustness of the reminiscence bump was examined by looking at participants' judgements about the quality of football players. Dutch participants (N = 619) were asked who they thought the five best players of all time were. The participants could select the names from a list or enter the names when their favourite players were not on the list. Johan Cruijff, Pelé, and Diego Maradona were the three most often mentioned players. Participants frequently named football players who reached the midpoint of their career when the participants were adolescents (mode = 17). The results indicate that the reminiscence bump can also be identified outside the autobiographical memory domain.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)165-178
    Number of pages14
    JournalQuarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
    Volume65
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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