Memory and forgetting

Ball, Linden orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-5099-0124, Butler, Laurie T., Sherman, Susan M. and Clair-Thompson, Helen St (2023) Memory and forgetting. In: Cognitive Psychology in a Changing World. Routledge, London, pp. 353-397. ISBN 9781003145851

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Every day we encounter a huge amount of information. But how much of it can we remember? How do we remember? And why do we sometimes forget? This chapter introduces models of the architecture of memory, at the heart of which is a distinction between short-term memory and long-term memory. It then considers working memory, which evolved from the concept of a short-term memory store. It then explores types of long-term memory, including non-declarative (knowing how) and declarative (knowing that) memory. The focus then shifts to theories of why we forget information, and a discussion of whether we can intentionally forget. The chapter considers evidence from a range of sources, including neuroscience and experimental studies, and includes applied examples to demonstrate the importance of memory across different domains of life.

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