The NEW Theory of Disuse

The NEW Theory of Disuse

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In his new theory of disuse, Dr. Bjork outlines his research group's view on human long-term memory and long-term learning. Material that is represented in memory can be characterized by both its storage strength - the degree to which the information is embedded and integrated within the larger memory context - and the degree to which that information is actually retrievable. Both storage strength and retrieval strength are important: We can only remember things we can retrieve, but even things that we cannot retrieve at a given point in time might still have strong memory traces. The theory makes predictions about the best learning strategies and how forgetting is necessary to learn material for long-term retention.