The reminiscence bump is not dominated by first time experiences but idiosyncratic experiences to individual rememberers. However, contrary to earlier research, Holmes & Conway (1999) suggested that such memories are not more vivid (the idea that memory encoding is at its peak efficiency during this period). These memories are not always of pleasant experiences. The key aspect is that no special effort is made to recall them. A more complex explanation was given by Rubin (2002). He hypothesized that ''Events from the bump period are remembered best because they occur when rapid change is giving way to relative stability that lasts at least until retrieval''. In essence, these novel experiences more fully engage encoding processes and become highly accessible. Fitzgerald (1988) proposed that many memories are of self-defining experiences.
What is your horse racing reminiscence bump?