Being Forgetful Is Actually A Sign That You Are Intelligent, Scientists Say

If you have a fast or accurate memory recall, it’s certainly something comes in handy if you’re in school. It can also be a useful tool if you work in a large company and need to remember the names of all the important executives.

But there are some who do not have that same ability, and will often get castrated because of it. But maybe those who castrate others because of their lack of remembering things probably shouldn’t.

According to a new paper that was published in the journal Neuron, having a strong memory is overrated. The paper also concluded that not only is forgetting things normal, it actually makes us stronger.

The new report, which was written by Paul Frankland and Blake Richards, researchers from the University of Toronto, proposed that the ultimate goal of memory is not to transmit the most accurate information over time.

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They believe that it’s meant to optimize intelligent decision-making by holding onto valuable information and letting the rest go.

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The team came to this conclusion after reviewing years of data on memory, memory loss and brain activity in humans and animals. One of Frankland’s studies on mice found that when new brain cells are formed in the hippocampus, all the old memories and connections are overwritten.

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This constant swapping of old memories to new can have huge benefits the researchers say, “It’s important that the brain forgets irrelevant details and instead focuses on the stuff that’s going to help make decisions in the real world,” said Richards.

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