The cognitive concept of forgetting

Karim Rivera Lares, Andreea Stamate, Sergio Della Sala

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Abstract / Description of output

Forgetting is an integral part of memory that refers to the lack of availability of memories of lived events or of information previously encountered. It has been studied since 1885, when Hermann Ebbinghaus tested his memory over several years, noting that he needed less time each day to learn the whole material. Since then, several theories of forgetting have flourished, such as the Time Decay and the Retroactive Interference theory. In the present chapter, we explore these theories and the factors that might influence the shape of forgetting, in different populations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Behavioural Neuroscience 2nd Edition
Subtitle of host publication Reference Module in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology
EditorsGeorge Koob, Sergio Della Sala
PublisherElsevier Science
ISBN (Print)9780128196410
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • forgetting curves
  • long-term forgetting
  • retrieval-induced forgetting
  • degrees of learning
  • individual differences in retention
  • time decay
  • retroactive interference
  • Alzheimer disease
  • aging
  • epilepsy


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