Re: Explanations for Forgetting


I really like this post because the information highlights a few good things about memory. Most of us, who think we are professionals, need to use our memories the best possible. None of the memory systems I have heard of does a complete job and new information gets my attention most of the times. Forgetting stuff (as a person who hardly forgets) has a good deal to do with focus. I was taught memory has three stages of short, intermediate and long term. Short is the one that causes problems in business. I use several techniques to manage short term memory information. Theory or not, I think simple techniques are what makes the difference and we should be on look out for them always.


What are some of the major reasons why we forget information? One of today’s best known memory researchers, Elizabeth Loftus, has identified four major reasons why people forget: retrieval failure, interference, failure to store and motivated forgetting.

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