We dont forget knowledge, we lose the cues to retrieve it

Book - Make it stick.. the science of successful learningBook - Make it stick.. the science of successful learning

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author: Peter C. Brown
title: Make it stick: the science of successful learning



argues that most of what we know as "forgetting" is just a loss/absence of a retrieval cue. We often cannot recall a certain piece of information, but given a set of choices, we are likely to pick the correct one. In this case, the knowledge is obviously not forgotten, but we lacked the cues to retrieve it from. It follows that an important step of learning is establishing powerful retrieval cues.

This importance for cues is another argument for Other than retrieval, encoding is a critical and often overlooked step when studyingOther than retrieval, encoding is a critical and often overlooked step when studying
When conversing with our long term memory, there are two processes involved: [[Encoding]] and Retrieval.

However, popular study techniques (active recall and spaced repetition) only focus on impro...
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Looking at an example from pop culture, the food critic in Ratatouille certainly has not really "forgotten" his childhood meals, the context for retrieving these memories was just largely absent throughout his life.

Lastly, the authors also note that some forgetting (of cues) is also necessary for new learning, as we need to rid ourselves of outdated associations.