Decreased demands on cognitive control reveal the neural processing benefits of forgetting

@article{Kuhl2007DecreasedDO,
  title={Decreased demands on cognitive control reveal the neural processing benefits of forgetting},
  author={Brice A. Kuhl and Nicole M. Dudukovic and Itamar Kahn and Anthony D. Wagner},
  journal={Nature Neuroscience},
  year={2007},
  volume={10},
  pages={908-914}
}
Remembering often requires the selection of goal-relevant memories in the face of competition from irrelevant memories. Although there is a cost of selecting target memories over competing memories (increased forgetting of the competing memories), here we report neural evidence for the adaptive benefits of forgetting—namely, reduced demands on cognitive control during future acts of remembering. Functional magnetic resonance imaging during selective retrieval showed that repeated retrieval of… 

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