Decay theory

See also: Memory decline over the lifespan

The decay theory is a theory of forgetting.

The decay theory suggest, simply, that our memories may biologically degenerate over time. It results in the incapacity of an individual to retrieve information due to the infrequency of that memory trace’s use.

Over time, an individual’s central nervous system is likely to slow in effectiveness and efficiency, which affects the quality of memories being stored.

Limitations of the decay theory