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Intentional Forgetting : Interdisciplinary Approaches - Jonathan M. Golding

Intentional Forgetting

Interdisciplinary Approaches

By: Jonathan M. Golding (Editor), Colin M. MacLeod (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st October 1997
ISBN: 9780805822113
Number Of Pages: 524

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Research on intentional forgetting has been conducted in various forms and under various names for at least 30 years, but until now no effort has been made to present these different perspectives in one place. Comprising both review chapters and new empirical studies, this book brings together the many research paradigms investigating intentional forgetting, thereby highlighting the commonalities that link these seemingly disparate areas of research. It serves as a case study of one phenomenon in memory--the intention to forget or to modify memory.
Why is research on intentional forgetting important? It helps to increase the understanding of how memory functions, especially with regard to its updating. In William James' booming, buzzing confusion, we frequently are unable to adequately process all of the information that we experience; on-line forgetting of some information is necessary. Moreover, we must often replace existing information with new information, as when someone we know relocates and acquires a new address and telephone number. Investigating this updating ability has been the main thrust of research on intentional forgetting, specifically those studies on the directed forgetting phenomenon. Cognitive experiments on directed forgetting have shown that we are able to deal more effectively with large amounts of information by following instructions to treat some of the information as to be forgotten. In this way, interference is reduced and we are able to devote all of our resources to the remaining to-be-remembered information. The mechanisms that lead to this reduction continue to promote new experiments, but over a quarter century of research maintains that the directed forgetting effect is robust.

Directed Forgettingp. 1
There's More to Intentional Forgetting Than Directed Forgetting: An Integrative Reviewp. 59
Varieties of Goal-Directed Forgettingp. 103
Directed Forgetting: A Contrast of Methods and Interpretationsp. 139
Directed Forgetting and Rehearsal on Direct and Indirect Memory Testsp. 173
An Illusion of Retrieval Inhibition: Directed Forgetting and Implicit Memoryp. 197
Disregarding Information in Textp. 219
Directed Forgetting in Pigeonsp. 239
A Critical Analysis of Directed-Forgetting Research in Animalsp. 265
Consequences of Attempts to Disregard Social Informationp. 289
Suspicion and Discounting: Ignoring Invalid Information in an Uncertain Environmentp. 321
Disregarding Social Stereotypes: Implications for Memory, Judgment, and Behaviorp. 349
Instructions to Disregard Potentially Useful Unshared Information in a Group Contextp. 369
Intentional Forgetting and Clinical Disordersp. 395
Instructions to Disregard and the Jury: Curative and Paradoxical Effectsp. 413
"The Jury Will Disregard ...": A Brief Guide to Inadmissible Evidencep. 435
Intentional Forgetting in Perspective: Comments, Conjectures, and Some Directed Rememberingp. 453
Author Indexp. 483
Subject Indexp. 495
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ISBN: 9780805822113
ISBN-10: 0805822119
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 524
Published: 1st October 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.97
Edition Number: 1