Gone but Not Forgotten: The Transient Nature of Retrieval-Induced Forgetting

@article{Macleod2001GoneBN,
  title={Gone but Not Forgotten: The Transient Nature of Retrieval-Induced Forgetting},
  author={Malcolm D. Macleod and C. Neil Macrae},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  year={2001},
  volume={12},
  pages={148 - 152}
}
Recent research has demonstrated that the act of remembering can prompt temporary forgetting or, more specifically, the inhibition of particular items in memory. Extending work of this kind, the present research investigated some possible boundary conditions of retrieval-induced forgetting. As expected, a critical determinant of temporary forgetting was the interval between guided retrieval practice and a final recall test. When these two phases were separated by 24 hr, retrieval-induced… 

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