Not being there: An analysis of expertise‐induced amnesia

Simon Høffding, Barbara Gail Montero

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It has been hypothesized that postperformance memory gaps occur in highly skilled individuals because experts generally perform their skills without conscious attention. In contrast, we hypothesize that such memory gaps may occur when performers focus so intently on their unfolding actions that their ongoing attention interferes with long-term memory formation of what was previously attended to, or when performers are highly focused on aspects of their bodily skills that are not readily put into words. In neither case, we argue, does performance proceed automatically yet both situations, we suggest, may lead to an inability to recollect performance.

Original languageEnglish
JournalMind & Language
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)621-640
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • attention
  • automaticity
  • bodily awareness
  • expertise-induced amnesia
  • memory

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