Remembering and Forgetting: What the Brain Does to Memories

We are constantly retrieving a stream of memories, implicit ones as simple as how to walk, talk and eat, or more complex, explicit memories such as the answer to a specific question. This video takes us through the process of remembering and forgetting information, and why there are different forms of memory.

Remembering something can be a difficult process; information in the brain can become stuck together or distorted over time. Reinforcing a memory creates retrieval cues that help recalling it. The order we learn things in can also have an effect; you are more likely to remember the first and last items on a list, for example.

Forgetting something can occur in three ways; through a failure to ‘encode’ what we didn’t notice, a failure to retrieve something either correctly or altogether, and through a process called storage decay. Our memories are fascinating things, and the process behind them will hopefully be hard for you to forget.

From Crash Course: Psychology on YouTube presented by Hank Green