Forgetting From Episodic Memory

Response process: Retrieval
Forgetting From Episodic Memory

Interference

  • The longer the time period in question (e.g. 1 year vs. 1 month) the more likely other similar events will have occurred
  • Hard to distinguish details of one event from the others
  • Tend to blend into single generic memory

Decay

  • The more time has passed since events occurred, the weaker the memory
  • Forgetting most rapid in period immediately after event experienced
  • Forgetting continues after as many as 50 years(!)