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Being Forgetful Is A Sign Of Intelligence According To Science

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How many times have you walked into a room before instantly forgetting why you were there?

If that sounds like you, fear not, turns out a strong memory isn’t actually all it’s cracked up to be.


Actually it’s quite the opposite according to a new study by researchers from the University of Toronto.


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According to Paul Frankland and Blake Richards, forgetting things is essential in holding onto more valuable information, making room for the things that matter.

“The real goal of memory is to optimize decision-making,” says U of T Scarborough Assistant Professor Blake Richards.

“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.”

In fact, the studies found that he growth of new neurons in the hippocampus seems to promote forgetting.

“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.”

“We know that exercise increases the number of neurons in the hippocampus, but they’re exactly those details from your life that don’t actually matter, and that may be keeping you from making good decisions.”

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Forgetting these earlier experiences is also essential in a world that is constantly changing.

“If you’re trying to navigate the world and your brain is constantly bringing up multiple conflicting memories, that makes it harder for you to make an informed decision.” 

Basically, whilst remembering everything may be handy when it comes to the weekly pub quiz, it’s not all that great.

Brad Lengden
Brad is the Editorial Manager of Student Problems and is responsible for bring the brand into the world of editorial. He studied journalism at the University of Salford, graduating in 2015 and writing for some of the biggest names in publishing, from NME Magazine to Skiddle to Manchester Confidential. His goal is to make people laugh, cry and relate within his articles sharing both personal experiences and telling the stories of others.