Monday, 16 March 2015

Your Forgettery Is Working

From Science Daily News: Every time you remember something you suppress competing memories.

"I think a lot of people are surprised to hear that recalling memories has this darker side of making us forget others by actually suppressing them.  .. Forgetting is often viewed as a negative thing, but of course, it can be incredibly useful."
"Over the course of four selective retrievals the participants in the study were cued to retrieve a target memory, which became more vivid with each trial. Competing memories were less well reactivated as each trial was carried out, and indeed were pushed below baseline expectations for memory,"

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