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phenomenon > memory phenomenon > forgetting

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  • Broadly speaking, normal or pathological inability to retrieve memories.

Broader concept(s)


  • forgetfulness
  • oblivescence
  • oblivion
  • obliviscence

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  • Frank Arnould

Bibliographic citation(s)

  • • Davis, R. L., & Zhong, Y. (2017). The biology of forgetting—A perspective. Neuron, 95(3), 490–503. doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2017.05.039
  • • Eysenck, M. W., & Groome, D. (Eds.). (2020). Forgetting: Explaining memory failure. SAGE Publications Ltd.
  • • Moreno, A. (2021). Molecular mechanisms of forgetting. European Journal of Neuroscience, 54(8), 6912–6932. doi:10.1111/ejn.14839
  • • Radvansky, G. A., Doolen, A. C., Pettijohn, K. A., & Ritchey, M. (In press). A new look at memory retention and forgetting. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. doi:10.1037/xlm0001110
  • • Ryan, T. J., & Frankland, P. W. (2022). Forgetting as a form of adaptive engram cell plasticity. Nature Reviews Neuroscience. doi:10.1038/s41583-021-00548-3
  • • Sala, S. D. (Ed.). (2010). Forgetting. Psychology Press. doi:10.4324/9780203851647
  • • Wixted, J.T. (2004). The psychology and neuroscience of forgetting. Annual Review of Psychology, 55, 235-269. doi:10.1146/annurev.psych.55.090902.141555

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