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Memory retention

The ability to remember or recall information over a period of time. This is distinct from working memory, which is tied to the number of items an individual can process at a given moment in time.

Strong memory retention means that a learner can easily put knowledge to use without occupying or overloading working memory, since background knowledge will be readily available. This leaves the individual with more cognitive scope to think creatively, critically, or analytically, since those require working memory.

See also: Cognitive science, Distributed learning, Forgetting curve, Mastery learning, Working memory


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