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Continuing Influences of To-Be-Forgotten Information

  title={Continuing Influences of To-Be-Forgotten Information},
  author={Bjork and Bjork},
  journal={Consciousness and cognition},
  volume={5 1/2},
  • Bjork, Bjork
  • Published 1996
  • Psychology
  • Consciousness and cognition
In the present paper, we first argue that it is critical for humans to forget; that is, to have some means of preventing out-of-date information from interfering with the recall of current information. We then argue that the primary means of accomplishing such adaptive updating of human memory is retrieval inhibition: Information that is rendered out of date by new learning becomes less retrievable, but remains at essentially full strength in memory as indexed by other measures, such as… 

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