UCLA-led study suggests people often don’t recall memories that threaten the way they want to see themselves. This may mean students may forget relevant information in order to protect their own psyches, even if this relevant information is something they had to learn in class.
From the press release:
UCLA-led research has found that students in a college mathematics course experienced a phenomenon similar to repression, the psychological process in which people forget emotional or traumatic events to protect themselves.
In a study published online by the Journal of Educational Psychology, the researchers found that the students who forgot the most content from the class were those who reported a high level of stress during the course. But, paradoxically, the study also found that the strong relationship between stress level and the tendency to forget course material was most prevalent among the students who are most confident in…
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