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Intentionally Forgetting

Is intentionally not processing information into long term memory the same as intentionally forgetting information? How so?

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1. Is intentionally not processing information into long term memory the same as intentionally forgetting information? How so?

The initial memory is stored the same into LTM. However, when instructed to intentionally forget (or intentionally remember) some information, this information tags to the stored memory in LTM, which then results in very different retrieval processes as shown in neuroimaging studies that show that during the retrieval stage different brain structures are activated, which helps to explain the directed forgetting effect.

For example, neuroimaging research has shown that different parts of the brain are activated (light up) for these two cognitive processes--intentional remembering intentional forgetting. Wylie, Foxe & Taylor (2007) used event-related functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to identify the neural processes ...

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This solution discusses if intentionally not processing information into long term memory is the same as intentionally forgetting information and, if so, how. References provided.

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