Thinking can cause forgetting: memory dynamics in creative problem solving.

  title={Thinking can cause forgetting: memory dynamics in creative problem solving.},
  author={Benjamin C. Storm and Genna Angello and Elizabeth Ligon Bjork},
  journal={Journal of experimental psychology. Learning, memory, and cognition},
  volume={37 5},
Research on retrieval-induced forgetting has shown that retrieval can cause the forgetting of related or competing items in memory (Anderson, Bjork, & Bjork, 1994). In the present research, we examined whether an analogous phenomenon occurs in the context of creative problem solving. Using the Remote Associates Test (RAT; Mednick, 1962), we found that attempting to generate a novel common associate to 3 cue words caused the forgetting of other strong associates related to those cue words. This… CONTINUE READING
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