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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2016, Vol. 24 ›› Issue (5): 707-715.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2016.00707

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A new field of social memory: Socially shared retrieval-induced forgetting

BAI Lu; MAO Weibin; LI Zhiya   

  1. (School of Psychology, Shandong Normal University, Jinan 250014, China)
  • Received:2015-08-10 Online:2016-05-15 Published:2016-05-15
  • Contact: MAO Weibin, E-mail:


Based on the retrieval-induced forgetting paradigm, socially shared retrieval-induced forgetting focuses on how the selective retrieval of the speaker according to his own memory influences the listener’s memory under social settings. This becomes a new field of social memory research.The impacts of several factors including the involvement levels of listener, the characteristics of the speaker, social relationship between speaker and listener, search strategy during retrieval, emotional valence and individual differences for socially shared retrieval-induced forgetting were investigated by many studies with different kinds of materials.Lots of researches demonstrated that socially shared retrieval-induced forgetting not only promoted the memory convergence of group members, but also promoted the propagation in a small sequence of social interactions, which both have great influences on the formation of collective memory. Further studies should be conducted to explore influence factors, underlying mechanisms, related brain substrates and applications of socially shared retrieval-induced forgetting in social settings.

Key words: social memory, socially shared retrieval-induced forgetting, retrieval-induced forgetting, collective memory