Forgetting and Amnesia

This module explores the causes of everyday forgetting and considers pathological forgetting in the context of amnesia. Forgetting is viewed as an adaptive process that allows us to be efficient in terms of the information we retain.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify five reasons we forget and give examples of each.
  • Describe how forgetting can be viewed as an adaptive process.
  • Explain the difference between anterograde and retrograde amnesia.

Chapter Authors: Nicole Dudukovic & Brice Kuhl


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UPEI Introduction to Psychology 1 by Philip Smith is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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