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Forgetting: Description of Memory as a Psychological Tool

Forgetting or inability to recollect memory can occur as the result of many different types of actions, for example, one may not have the correct cue for retrieval. However, there are some arguments that forgetting is an intentional act and that, in order to forget something, one must make a conscious effort to do so -- memory repression. We will discuss the reasoning and consider a brief overview of the topic with ideas that support and ideas go against such a concept.

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Memory inhibition, while largely viewed as an inadvertent, sub-conscious process driven by lacking cues, has been argued to also have conscious potential, typically called suppression. There are criticisms of this "Think/No-Think" paradigm on grounds of lacking research, where such a phenomenon could be demonstrated. However, work and evidence in this area are increasing although still facing challenges on a mainstream level. We can give a few research papers some consideration in order to better appreciate this topic.

1. Anderson and Green (2001), have made this very argument and taken it a step further by demonstrating the suppression. This goes well with the Think/No-Think paradigm of memory inhibition.

2. Paz-Alonso, Ghetti, Matlen, Anderson and Bunge (2009) brought further research to the table, with their paper titled "Memory ...

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This solution discusses whether memory inhibition has conscious potential, typically called suppression. This solution is 365 words with four references.