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Forgetting history: The mnemonic consequences of listening to selective recountings of history

Stone, Charles B, Gkinopoulos, Theofilos and Hirst, William (2017) Forgetting history: The mnemonic consequences of listening to selective recountings of history Memory Studies, 10 (3). pp. 286-296.

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Our aim here is to delineate the connection between selective remembering and selective forgetting as it applies to lay historians listening to selective recountings of history. How does what a speaker remembers about a nation’s past shape what is forgotten about the nation’s past for the listener? To address this question, we will discuss psychological research demonstrating the mnemonic consequences of this selectivity with an emphasis on retrieval-induced forgetting within social settings. In particular, we highlight how selectively remembering nationally relevant, historical events may induce forgetting of related historical information for the listener, and this forgetting may not only have important implications for individual and national identities but said identities may influence both what is remembered and forgotten. We end with some concluding thoughts and areas of future research.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Stone, Charles B
Hirst, William
Date : 1 July 2017
DOI : 10.1177/1750698017701610
Copyright Disclaimer : © The Author(s) 2017
Uncontrolled Keywords : Forgetting; History; Lay historian; Remembering; Selectivity; Social
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 15 Feb 2018 10:41
Last Modified : 19 Jun 2019 14:40

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