Why do we forget what we once knew? A paper published by Simon Farrell presents a new theory of memory tackling this general question.
Why do we forget what we once knew? A paper published by Simon Farrell presents a new theory of memory tackling this general question. Simon's research suggests that people cluster past events into short episodes, and that a major reason why we forget past experiences is that we are unable to access the episode in which that information is located. The paper shows how the theory accounts for data from a variety of memory paradigms, and stresses the importance of remembering the order of events in an episode so that we can use past episodes to predict future events.
Farrell, S. (2012). Temporal clustering and sequencing in short-term memory and episodic memory. Psychological Review, 119, 223-271. doi: 10.1037/a0027371