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Outline and Evaluate Two Explanations of Forgetting.

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OUTLINE AND EVALUATE TWO EXPLANATIONS OF FORGETTING It can be said that while we were studying the capacity of long term memory and short term memory we over looked forgetting. The reason for memory missing has been tried to solve by many psychologists with different experiments. I can also say that from the studies it shows that memories are not lost due to capacity of the stores, but because it has been forgotten. There are three different types of forgetting in the short term memory which are trace decay, interference and diversion of attention. I will be talking about trace decay and showing experiments to support the theory. ...read more.


Information in short term memory certainly does disappear but it may not be because of spontaneous decay but it may be the result of interference. Another possible explanation for the Peterson and Peterson findings is that the interference task caused retroactive interference. This occurs when a second set of information pushes out earlier material from the memory store. It is most likely to happen when the two sets of information are sufficiently similar. Evidence supporting that point of view was reported by Reitman. The participants carried out either a syllable detection task or a tone detection task during the retention interval. Those who performed the syllable detection task had much lower recall than those who performed the tone detection task, presumably because syllables interfered much more than tones. ...read more.


Endel Tulving conducted a number of studies on cue dependent forgetting. In one study Tulving and Psotka compared the cue dependent explanation of forgetting with the interference theory of forgetting. In this experiment participants were given word lists. There were six different word lists, each with 24 words. Each set of words was divided was divided into six different categories. Cue dependent forgetting is a classic example of forgetting because of lack of accessibility. The information is in memory, but just cannot be accessed until an appropriate cue is given and suddenly it is found. Such information is said to be available but not accessible. Cue dependent forgetting probably offers more insights and has more real- world validity than interference theory, but it does depend on whether the memory failure is due to availability or accessibility. ...read more.

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