Memory stability

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Stability of memory is a long-term memory variable that determines how long a memory can last if not retrieved. Stability determines the probability of forgetting in unit time (the higher the stability, the less the probability). Stability slows down encoding of new memories in the affected system of synapses. This slow down prevents memory interference, which is the prime cause of forgetting.

Stability (S) and Retrievability (R) are part of the Two component model of long-term memory.

This glossary entry is used to explain "I would never send my kids to school" (2017) by Piotr Wozniak