Why Do We Forget So Much of What We’ve Read? (NSQ Ep. 24 Rebroadcast)
Also: do we overestimate or underestimate our significance in other people’s lives?
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Relevant Research & References
Here’s where you can learn more about the people and ideas in this episode:
- Pamela Paul, editor of The New York Times Book Review.
- Michael Kahana, professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.
- Hermann Ebbinghaus (deceased), German psychologist.
- Thomas D. Gilovich, psychology chair at Cornell University.
- Erica Boothby, postdoctoral fellow and lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania.
- “Why We Forget Most of the Books We Read,” by Julie Beck (The Atlantic, 2018).
- “Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve,” by Praveen Shrestha (Psychestudy, 2017).
- “When You’re in Charge, Your Whisper May Feel Like a Shout,” by Adam Galinsky (The New York Times, 2015).
- “Why We Can’t Get Over Ourselves,” by Nicholas Epley (Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, 2015).
- “Exceptional Memory: Extraordinary Feats of Memory Can Be Matched or Surpassed by People with Average Memories That Have Been Improved by Training,” by K. Anders Ericsson and William G. Chase (American Scientist, 1982).
- Choosing My Religion: A Memoir of a Family Beyond Belief Paperback, by Stephen J Dubner (2006).
- Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (2005).
- When Memory Comes, by Saul Friedländer (1978).
- Ring: A Biography of Ring Lardner, by Jonathan Yardley (1977).
- Wake Up, Wake Up, to Do the Work of the Creator, by William Helmreich (1976).
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith (1943).
- How To Win Friends And Influence People, by Dale Carnegie (1936).
- A Study in Scarlet, by Arthur Conan Doyle (1887).
- A Theory of Moral Sentiments, by Adam Smith (1759).
- Tell Me Something I Don’t Know, by Stephen Dubner.