Trace Decay

Trace Decay

Theories of Forgetting

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  • Trace Decay
    • explanation of why we forget
    • suggests that learning causes a physical change in the neural network of the memory system - creating a memory trace/ engram
    • once the memory trace is created it must be reinforced by practice or it will weaken and decay = forgetting
    • forgetting as a problem of availability
    • inevitable in the short term memory due to limited duration. Requires significant structural change in long-term memory
    • weakness
      • impossible to prove
      • doesn't explain recall after many years
    • strengths
      • explains forgetting
  • Theories of Forgetting

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