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Forgetting: Important Definitions and Reasons for Forgetting

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Forgetting refers to inability to recall or retrieve information from memory. So,

Important Definitions

According to Munn, forgetting is the loss, permanent or temporary of the ability to recall or recognize something learnt earlier.

According to Drever, forgetting means failure at any time to recall experiences when attempting to do so or to perform an action previously learnt.

Unforgettable Forgetting Concepts and Theories

Reasons for Forgetting

There are many overlapping reasons to forget.

  • Some information never makes it to LTM.
  • The information gets to LTM but is lost before it can…

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Forgetting: Failing to Retrieve Stored Information and Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve

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Failing to Retrieve Stored Information

Failing to remember something does not mean the information is gone forever. Sometimes the information is there but for various reasons cannot be accessed.

  • This could be caused by distractions in the environment.
  • This could be caused by an error of association (believing something about the data, which is not correct causing an attempt to retrieve information that is not there) .
  • This could be due to the phenomenon of repression (means that the memory has been…

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