Forgetting to remember: the functional relationship of decay and interference.

@article{Altmann2002ForgettingTR,
  title={Forgetting to remember: the functional relationship of decay and interference.},
  author={Erik M. Altmann and Wayne D. Gray},
  journal={Psychological science},
  year={2002},
  volume={13 1},
  pages={27-33}
}
Functional decay theory proposes that decay and interference, historically viewed as competing accounts of forgetting, are instead functionally related. The theory posits that (a) when an attribute must be updated frequently in memory, its current value decays to prevent interference with later values, and (b) the decay rate adapts to the rate of memory updates. Behavioral predictions of the theory were tested in a task-switching paradigm in which memory for the current task had to be updated… CONTINUE READING

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