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Forgetting

The more we focus on trying to forget something, the more energy we transfer to the memory.

1. Do you think that more attention to the information makes forgetting intentionally difficult or impossible?

2. An example might be an attorney or judge telling the jury to disregard the information they just heard. Is it possible?

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Let's take a closer look at some of the research in this area.

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1. The more we focus on trying to forget something, the more energy we transfer to the memory. Do you think that more attention to the information makes forgetting intentionally difficult or impossible? An example might be an attorney or judge telling the jury to disregard the information they just heard. Is it possible?

This is a possibility, but there are varied views in the literature.

For example, some argue that in intentional forgetting the instruction to ignore is encoded along with the memory item and in a retrieval context, if the retrieval tag is detected, retrieval for that word is stopped (Johnson, 1994, as cited in Johnson & Proctor, 2003). This does not involve an inhibitory process, per se, but assumes that the ...

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By addressing the questions, this solution discusses aspects of forgetting intentionally.

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