Accelerated long-term forgetting
The study of patients with neurological disease has contributed much to our understanding of human memory. Recently, a novel pattern of forgetting has been described, typically amongst patients with epilepsy, in which information may apparently be learnt and remembered normally at ﬁrst, but is forgotten at an accelerated rate over subsequent days to weeks. This phenomenon, termed accelerated long-term forgetting (ALF), is clinically important and may provide insights into the mechanisms underlying memory consolidation. Work on ALF is still at an early stage. In this chapter, we introduce the concept with examples from the literature, discuss its clinical and theoretical implications, highlight some important methodological considerations regarding its investigation, and propose avenues for future research.