Retrieval-Induced Forgetting and Context

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Retrieving information can result in the forgetting of related information, a phenomenon referred to as retrieval-induced forgetting (RIF). To date, the dominant explanation of RIF has been an inhibition account, which emphasizes long-term suppression of interfering memories. As one alternative, some have advocated for a strength-based interference account, which emphasizes the role of strengthening associations. More recently, we have proposed a context account, which emphasizes the role of context change and context reinstatement. In this article, we outline these three accounts of RIF and demonstrate that there is substantial evidence that uniquely supports our context account.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Jonker, TR; Seli, P; MacLeod, CM

Published Date

  • August 18, 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 24 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 273 - 278

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1467-8721

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0963-7214

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0963721415573203

Citation Source

  • Scopus