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The benefits of forgetting in relation to emotion, cognition and behavior

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Forgetting is frequently associated with frustration in everyday life. However, forgetting does not have exclusively negative consequences, and I suggest that it serves at least three constructive functions. First, forgetting is part of emotion regulation, and facilitates subjective well-being by limiting access to negative memories and by reducing unpleasant emotion. Second, it is involved in knowledge acquisition, and provides a basis for obtaining semantic and procedural knowledge, when false, irrelevant or redundant information is discarded. Third, forgetting is part of context attunement, and orients information-processing for the now and the next by limiting access to distant or obsolete memories. Overall, I suggest that forgetting helps people to be happy, well-organized, and context sensitive, and thereby serves fundamentally adaptive functions.
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StatusUdgivet - 2014
BegivenhedComparative Perspectives on Autobiographical Memory: What Humans and Non-Human Animals Remember About Their Past - Radisson Blue Scandinavia Hotel, Aarhus, Danmark
Varighed: 18 jun. 201419 jun. 2014


KonferenceComparative Perspectives on Autobiographical Memory
LokationRadisson Blue Scandinavia Hotel

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