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Memory: Why Do We Forget?

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Encoding Failure 0:10
    • We Do Not Remember Every Detail of Our Lives
    • Encoding Failure
  • Storage Decay 3:06
    • Information Decays From Our Memory Over Time
    • Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve
  • Retrieval Failure 5:33
    • Lack of Cues
    • Context Cues
    • State of Mind
  • Interference 8:31
    • Retroactive Interference
    • Proactive Interference
    • Research Shows Sleeping an Hour After Studying Maximizes Memory
  • Repression 12:44
    • Freud's First Theory on Repressing Traumatic Memories
    • Research Shows Most Traumatic Events are Highly Emotional and Stronger Memories
  • Memory Construction 13:58
    • Combination of What We Saw and What We Think We Should Have Seen
    • Misinformation Effect
    • Source Amnesia
  • Improving Memory 18:35
    • Study Repeatedly
    • Make the Material Meaningful
    • Use Mnemonic Techniques
    • Activate Retrieval Cues
    • Minimize Interference
    • Sleep More
    • Test Yourself