• Question: Some reading I'm doing indicates that information is not saved to long term memory with out revisiting while other reading suggests that it moves to long term soon after being in short term and that the issue is with creating context and links so that the information can be recalled. Is there a definite consensus on which it is?

    Asked by suzan to Yana, Mike, Lorna, Kathryn, Jacob, Emma, Courtenay, Camilla on 23 Mar 2018.
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      Yana Weinstein answered on 23 Mar 2018:


      That’s a very interesting question. The answer, as always, is “it depends”. Certainly not ALL information makes it from short-term memory to long-term memory, otherwise we would be overwhelmed with the amount of information we would be trying to store. For the information that moves to long-term memory, it immediately starts to decay. In order to keep that information fresh, revisiting and re-using that information is very important.

      Hope this helps!