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Predicting the decay of collective memory

Cultural products have a life of their own: academic papers get cited and songs get downloaded. Surprisingly, public attention to these products shows a consistent pattern over time: a constant decline characterized by an inflexion point. This pattern might be due to how cultural products are discussed in the community and archived as cultural memories.

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Coman, A. Predicting the decay of collective memory. Nat Hum Behav 3, 18–19 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-018-0480-7

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