Memory and Forgetting

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Forgetting refers to the apparent loss of, or inability to access, information previously acquired and stored in memory. Everyday forgetting typically occurs incidentally through factors affecting the memory processes of encoding, consolidation, and retrieval. Forgetting can also be motivated. This intentional kind of forgetting can be observed, for example, through the suppression of retrieval or in response to instruction. Incidental and motivated forgetting are different from abnormal forgetting seen in retrograde amnesia, which is usually severe. This article explains the underlying cognitive and neurobiological mechanisms involved in these different forms of forgetting.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Behavioral Neuroscience
EditorsSergio Della Sala, Mikhail V. Pletnikov, Michel Thiebaut de Schotten, Sarah E. MacPherson
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780128216361
ISBN (Print)9780128196410
Publication statusPublished - 6 Sept 2021


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