Tomorrow, If You Don’t Remember Me Sharing This With You, Well, That’s Great News.
Scientists at The University of Toronto have released research claiming that people with poor short-term memory may actually be more intelligent than people who remember everything. Excuse me while I dance excitedly around my living room. As a person with little-to-no working memory this research is much anticipated (I’m sending it to my boss as we speak).
What if I told you that your ability to forget pesky little details is what makes you an amazing decision maker? (I know right – this just keeps getting better).
“We always idealize the person who can smash a trivia game, but the point of memory is not being able to remember who won the Stanley Cup in 1972,” said Professor Blake Richards. “The point of memory is to make you an intelligent person who can make decisions given the circumstances, and an important aspect in helping you do that is being able to forget some information.”
The scientists go on to describe that the part of your brain that looks after memory (the hippocampus) is actually designed to forget – it sees it as an essential part of your survival. The more neurons that develop the more little details are pushed out of your memory to make space for new, more important information (such as a little thing called the computer, or a game changing social media craze – we see you Gates and Zuckerberg).
It keeps the revolutionary ideas (so to speak). Instead discarding details like where you left your keys (every single morning), or the fact that you are coming back from your work trip on Thursday, NOT Wednesday (ok, that could just be me).
During their research the scientists actually discovered that mice were quicker to find the exit of a maze the second time around, when they had been drugged to forget how they found it the first time … trippy.
This is fantastic news for all of us who can relate to Dory’s level of forgetfulness. In fact, I’m elated. I now have an inflated sense of self-importance and am ready to go out and face my day (watch out world – a genius is on the loose).
If you would like to know more, read Richards’ study.
If you would like to know how you can make use of the way your brain naturally works to become a better leader – read my interview with neuroscientist, Dr Tara Swart. You won’t believe how simple it is.
In the meantime share this with another forgetful soul like you and me – go on, make their day.