PSY 360 Week #3 DQ 1
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PSY 360 WEEK 3 DQ 2 Is forgetting an intentional act Explain why or why not The text explains that forgetting is due to proactive and retroactive interference and decay I do not believe that forgetting is an intentional act I think that to intentionally forget would depend on many factors The first factor is whether or not the information is trying to intentionally forget and has been encoded into long term memory If it is something that has already been processed than it would not be easily forgotten Memory is an important part of cognitive functioning and retaining information and experiences for the future however sometimes people can lose memories or forget I truly feel this is not an intentional act and there are several different reasons people forget memories or cannot retain all the knowledge they have ever learned It could be as simply as a coping mechanisum However I do feel that much of the knowledge is forgotten due to interference One type of interference in the brain is called proactive interference which implies that knowledge learned previously interferes with new knowledge that is learned and the new knowledge is not readily retained Another type of interference is called retroactive interference and implies that the new knowledge learned interferes with the previous knowledge being retained quotForgetting in primary memory occurs not only due to interference but also due to decay a spontaneous decomposition of the representation over time Some researchers have suggested that decay may be necessary because without it interference would overwhelm the systemquotVVillingham 2007 p 155 For example many times the more an individual studies for an exam sometimes the less they may remember and the longer it is at the forefront in the primary memory the more it may decay There comes a point sometimes when a person studies too much and can no longer remember much of the information they have studied Another example would be a person who studies all night for a test and then after taking the test cannot remember what the information contained Memory is defined as quotthe power or process of reproducing or recalling what has been learned and retained especially through PSY 360 WEEK 3 DQ 2 associative mechanisms or the store of things learned and retained from an organism39s activity or experience as evidenced by modification of structure or behavior or by recall and recognitionquot Merriam Webster 2009 In MerriamWebster Online Dictionary Retrieved from http wwwmerriamwebstercom dictionary memory Willingham DT 2007 Cognition The thinking animal 3rd ed Upper Saddle River NJ PearsonAllynampBacon I will agree with your response However I feel that forgetting certain information can be an intentional act if the person feels it holds no value or importance to them Do you think that this is possible Then there is another situation that also has an effect on memory and forgetting and that would be shortterm memory loss My husband has shortterm memory loss and over the years his memory has gotten much worse for various reasons age medication etc In the text it talked about the possibility of the connection being interrupted by an unknown cause environment another person so that the person would not remember the information at that moment if at all I have noticed this situation and I am sure that everyone has at some point and time My biggest break in thinking and remembering is when I am really focused on something and then all of a sudden one the kids starts crying for whatever reason usually one of their brothers picking on them and just like that I am lost on what I was just doing It takes me a few minutes to get back in the groove of what I was doing and sometimes the thoughts that I had before about the subject are lost and now there are new ones appearing Becky Fitzgerald University of Phoenix Oh no doubt Becky Many people including myself by design will intentionally omit and or try to forget past memories and rightfully so in some cases Especially in terms of an emotional or painful event that people would most like to forget No doubt these may be the toughest to leave behind particularly when memories are created through visual cues or smells that would trigger one to be reminded PSY 360 WEEK 3 DQ 2 For example when you39re watching the news on television and see footage of wounded soldiers in Iraq or ongoing coverage of national tragedies it may stick with you more than a newspaper headline I know for me if I see an really bad accident as I am passing through on the highwaythat imagine will stick with me for so long because I was disturbed by what I saw Those are the kind of memories or visual cues that I am speaking of and are not easily forgotten It is adaptive to be able to intentionally forget neutral events such as wrong directions a friend39s outdated phone number or a switched meeting time I feel that intentional forgetting helps update memory with new information
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