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Two explanations have been proposed to explain forgetting: decay (forgetting occurs as a function of time) and interference (mental activity can impinge on the consolidation of a recently acquired memory). Wickelgren (1974) proposed a model of forgetting which suggests that forgetting is a function of both decay and interference, best expressed as a power-exponential function. The present research will be the first to directly examine whether Wickelgren's model accurately predicts the observed effects of these two components on forgetting. This research will further the study of human memory by improving current models, and helping to resolve the debate surrounding decay and interference.
Memory; Cognitive science; Cognitive neuroscience
Leal-Arcos, Monserrat; Hull, Gabriel; Sanchez, Francisco; Soriano Smith, Rhiannon N.; and Ridgway, William B., "The Role of Interference in Short-Term Forgetting" (2022). Undergraduate Research Symposium Posters. 99.
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