The inability to retrieve a memory is one of the most common causes of forgetting. So why are we often unable to retrieve information from memory? One possible explanation of retrieval failure is known as decay theory. According to this theory, a memory trace is created every time a new theory is formed. Decay theory suggests that over time, these memory traces begin to fade and disappear. One problem with this theory, however, is that research has demonstrated that even memories which have not been rehearsed or remembered are remarkably stable in long-term memory.
Another theory known as interference theory suggests that some memories compete and interfere with other memories. When information is very similar to other information that was previously stored in memory, interference is more likely to occur. While interference can make it difficult to remember some things, there are things you can do to minimize its effects. Rehearsing new information is often the most effective approach. By essentially overlearning new things, it is less likely that old information will compete with new.
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Sometimes, losing information has less to do with forgetting and more to do with the fact that it never made it into long-term memory in the first place. Encoding failures sometimes prevent information from entering long-term memory.
In one well-known experiment, researchers asked participants to identify the correct U. Try doing this experiment yourself by attempting to draw a penny from memory, and then compare your results to an actual penny.
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How well did you do? Chances are that you were able to remember the shape and color, but you probably forgot other minor details. The reason for this is that only details necessary for distinguishing pennies from other coins were encoded into your long-term memory. Identifying a penny does not require knowing the exact image or words found on the coin. Because this information is not really needed, you have likely never taken the time to memorize it and commit it to memory. Sometimes we may actively work to forget memories, especially those of traumatic or disturbing events or experiences.
Painful memories can be upsetting and anxiety-provoking, so there are times we may desire to eliminate them.
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However, the concept of repressed memories is not universally accepted by all psychologists. One of the problems with repressed memories is that it is difficult, if not impossible, to scientifically study whether or not a memory has been repressed. Also note that mental activities such as rehearsal and remembering are important ways of strengthening a memory, and memories of painful or traumatic life events are far less likely to be remembered, discussed, or rehearsed.
While forgetting is not something that you can avoid, understanding the reasons for it can be useful.
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We may forget for a variety of reasons and in some cases a number of factors may influence why we struggle to recall information and experiences. Understanding some of the factors that influence forgetting can make it easier to put memory-improvement strategies into practice.
Have you ever wondered what your personality type means? However, we are already witnessing sections of the internet evolve to foster forgetting, through the wider use of intentionally impermanent texting apps like SnapChat and Cyberdust, where content disappears after just 20 seconds. Hopefully, in addition to the web changing to become more like our brains, our attitudes will also evolve. As we each face having more moments of our lives captured, it should force us out of a black-and-white perspective, toward one that is a more forgiving gray.
That one moment you thought that really cutting loose was a good idea may have been an extremely rare outburst for the straight-laced person you typically are. Instead of having that one moment forever mark you as a drunk or a promiscuous person, perhaps an emerging revelation that none of us is perfect every moment will make us more tolerant. At least we can delete posts off of our FB timelines or twitter posts. I frequently see people commenting or liking something I've written and then revoking their interest.
It's a little weird and wishy-washy, but I figure it must have not been worth saying for them, so I let it go, but if I'm online when it happens, I witness this mental tug-of-war of theirs. JPEG and MOV uploads are another thing entirely as they stay on the internet longer than we want them to, just like the sex tapes of celebrities, which conveniently resurface at the height of their fame…it's pretty incredible, isn't it?
Anyway, good article. I really enjoyed it! Especially the part about you being silly with your daughter; my favorite times with my dad were the silly moments; they are irreplaceable as memories. Delete posts on FaceBook? How about entire accounts? Since , the number of people leaving FaceBook has exceeded the signups by 4 to 1. And this is despite all the SEO hounds that have hundreds of thousands of FB accounts each that are automated to create fake "Likes".
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FB is far from permanent. Their claim of a billion users is a ridiculous number used to manipulate their stock value. If you read what I wrote, you'll see that I am precisely concurring with the impermanence of facebook. I am assuming your comment was directed toward me, since I received it in my email as a reply to my comment. If not, then disregard my reply. As for deleting accounts, it can be done; if you delete your account and wait the 30 or 60 days they tell you you have to resuscitate the account and recover your files from their server's cache, then it will all be gone, most likely purged from their system s ; I am talking posts, photographs, videos, and other details kept for you every time you signed in.
I think what happens as well is that your comments on other people's posts remain in tact, however, the profile picture restores to the default white silhouette on a light blue background, and if someone tries to access your account by clicking on your name in that comment, facebook tells you that you have reached a page that no longer exists.
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I only meant to suggest deletions are just the beginning of the impermanence of FB. I completely agree with you. The "I" that makes judgements about past folly is not the same "I" that was foolish at that time. The universe is a river and we are rivers flowing within it. Thus the wonderful comment at the end about being more tolerant - of others as well as our past and present "selves". Forgetting your past is always a better thing I believe. When you forget about past whatever that happened in past you just make peace on that and try to make your present better then eventually it will be the surety of your perfect future.
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