Computational constraints in cognitive theories of forgetting

Ullrich K H Ecker*, Stephan Lewandowsky

*Corresponding author for this work

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This article highlights some of the benefits of computational modeling for theorizing in cognition.We demonstrate how computational models have been used recently to argue that (1) forgetting in shortterm memory is based on interference not decay, (2) forgetting in listlearning paradigms is more parsimoniously explained by a temporal distinctiveness account than by various forms of consolidation, and (3) intrusion asymmetries that appear when information is learned in different contexts can be explained by temporal context reinstatement rather than labilization and reconsolidation processes.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberArticle 400
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Issue numberOCT
Publication statusPublished - 17 Dec 2012

Structured keywords

  • Memory


  • Computational modeling
  • Consolidation
  • Decay
  • Interference
  • Temporal distinctiveness


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