Your memories are remarkable in their vividness, number, and detail dating to such a young age. Your question about the possible correlation with early mastery of speaking and reading is astute. During the 1970s, Eleanor Gibson (famous for her visual cliff studies with infants at Cornell) researched early development and learning to read. She noted that a small number of very young children were, in her words, "paper and pencil" children. By this she meant they learned language very early and had an intrinsic interest in reading and writing.

There is some renewed interest today in exploring the characteristics of such early bloomers. The possible connection between early language and memories is consistent with one theory of the more typical "infant amnesia." That theory posits that the usual absence of very early memories is due to the lack of verbal encoding to store the experiences in a format that will enable retrieval later in adult after language is developed.

Thank you so much for sharing your intriguing insights and observations.

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