Why do I forget jobs I have completed? Bluma Zeigarnik, the Zeigarnik Effect and Memories from the Great Terror

‘What did you do at work today?’ ‘Lots – very busy indeed – lots happening…’ ‘But what did you do?’ ‘Err… hold on – I need to check my diary, emails and to do list…. but I was very busy’ [voice trails away, while wondering if there is some strange incipient amnesia on the way] Why… Read More

Suppressing the encoding of new information in memory: a behavioral study derived from principles of hippocampal function.

Take-home message: We show here that mixing tasks that involve executive control (the n-back task, requiring continual updating and discarding of information held presently ‘in mind’) inhibits dramatically performance on an explicit memory task (associative memory: face-name pair learning), but not performance on control recognition memory tasks. We therefore provide further behavioural evidence that memory subsystems… Read More