Forgetting Curves Emerge from Dynamics of Integrated Memory


We present a Dynamical Integrated Memory Hypothesis (DIMH) and illustrate its use by arguing that forgetting curves are emergent properties of dynamical memory that includes decay and influences of complex context on memory traces. Because forgetting curves are emergent, it is not likely that a single simple function will be able to model them. Forgetting at different time scales is similar because similar dynamics occur at each scale and not because there is a single underlying mechanism that produces them. We argue that the dynamical systems approach is particularly suited for investigating systems that evolve, such as memory, at a very abstract level.

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