Do you often forget things, from the most trivial trifle to the most important thing you have in mind?
Don’t worry, as one study has found out that:
“The point of memory is not being able to remember who won the Stanley Cup in 1972 but to make you an intelligent person who can make decisions”
While shopping, you may forget one of the most important items you were supposed to buy, or in the middle of a conversation with friends, it’s impossible for you to remember the title or the name of the author of a book you were recommending.
In short, it feels like starting Alzheimer’s because you notice that you have difficulties remembering (almost) everything.
But don’t worry, because a study by two researchers at the University of Toronto (Canada) reveals how important it is to forget.
Paul Frankland and Blake Richards, researchers at the University of Toronto conducted a study that found out that people who are more likely to forget are also the smartest!
“It is of utmost importance that the brain is able to select the information it acquires and eliminates irrelevant details, thus focusing on a more general view to ensure that decisions are made in the most correct way.”
These are the words of Blake Richards denying the belief that those who can remember more things are also the smartest, and confirming almost the opposite. The elimination of unimportant information allows us to increase our analytical abilities, focusing our attention on the fundamental things and avoiding unnecessary work of our brain.
The researchers developed this study after several years of research on memory loss and brain activity, including both humans and animals.
The conclusion is that:
“If you forget occasional details,” Richards says, “it may mean your memory is healthy and doing exactly what it should be doing”.
Are you someone who often forgets things?
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