What is the scientific definition of "forgetting?"

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Forgetting is the process by which information stored in the brain appears to vanish, degrade, or otherwise become inaccessible. It is a common process, appearing from youth to old age in a seemingly random pattern. Forgetting cannot be predicted except in the case of trauma to the brain or mind, such as Alzheimer's Disease, concussion, or emotional trauma that affects the memory. It is a normal part of life, and many scientists believe that the ability to forget is crucial to mental and emotional health. For example, Solomon Shereshevsky , a...

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