On the regulation of recollection: The intentional forgetting of stereotypical memories

Neil Macrae, G V Bodenhausen, Alan Berkeley Milne, R L Ford

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Abstract

Drawing insight from related research on thought control, 2 studies investigated the process through which social perceivers inhibit the retrieval of stereotypic information from long-term memory (i.e., intentional forgetting). Study 1 considered the attentional demands associated with the task of forgetting stereotype-congruent memories; Study 2 examined the efficacy of intentional forgetting under conditions of resource depletion. Confirming the theoretical predictions, the task of inhibiting stereotype-congruent memories made notable demands on participants' attentional resources. The findings are considered in the context of contemporary issues in mental control and stereotype function.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)709-719
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Personality and Social Psychology
Volume72
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1997

Keywords

  • INFORMATION-PROCESSING STRATEGIES
  • SOCIAL STEREOTYPES
  • MENTAL CONTROL
  • SELECTIVE ATTENTION
  • IRONIC PROCESSES
  • DECISION-MAKING
  • PERSON MEMORY
  • SUPPRESSION
  • INHIBITION
  • RETRIEVAL

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