Have you ever experience the following scenario?
You know the answer to a question, but you just can't come up with it. Well, if this ever happened to you, you have certainly experienced the Tip- of-the-Tongue Phenomenon. This very commonly occurring phenomenon demonstrates the concept of knowing, that we know something but unable to access it at the moment. This concept applies to what we experience very often. I was really fascinated by this phenomenon and I attempted to replicate this finding by questioning five of my friends same questions. The questions were related to a topic they were all very familiar with which is related to their favorite soccer team. I was pretty certain that they knew the answer to this question at some point in the past.
I asked who was the first player from African Nation to become Europe's top scorer?
I asked each of them separately and two of them easily answered and three of my friends (participants) experience the Tip-Of-The-Tongue phenomenon. They each said "oh umm... I know his name....the guy who played for Barcelona right? What's his name?" I then provided a rehearsal cues; a player from Cameroon. Of course, all three remembered the name and the answer was Samuel Eto'o one of the best African players in Europe. This finding demonstrated effect of the concept Tip-Of-The-Tongue phenomenon. Does our answer to these concept come from our Long-term memory, if so, why do we have hard time retrieving it?