Intentional Forgetting Is Easier After Two “Shots” Than One*

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Peter F. Delaney, Associate Professor (Creator)
Lili Sahakyan, Assistant Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Are some things easier to deliberately forget than others? We will propose that the answer to this question is yes and that the kinds of things easier to forget may provide important clues as to how intentional forgetting occurs. Such efforts are timely because there has been increasing interest in directed forgetting as part of a broader trend toward investigating inhibitory abilities. To date, published research has not addressed how recallability of an item influences the magnitude of directed forgetting—that is, if some things are easier to remember, how does the ease of remembering influence the magnitude of deliberate forgetting?

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Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 34, 408-414
Language: English
Date: 2008
forgetting, inhibitory abilities, list-method paradigm, recallability

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