Do You Remember if You Forget to Remember?

THIS is the best, most important article I’ve come across since I can remember.

My brain has never held unnecessary information (particularly numbers).  Examples:

  • In college I would cram the night before, take the test, and then immediately forget all the information I had memorized that would never help me in my life. (That was a tiny problem with classes where the information for the next test was dependent on the last).
  • When I change residences or phone numbers I IMMEDIATELY forget the old numbers and it takes me a few months to learn the new numbers.
  • I do not know my social security number – which I think is a good thing because if I’m ever held up at gunpoint I’ll not divulge that critical information.

However before I read this article, I was getting a bit worried.  Lately my memory seems to have failed me regarding simple things. Examples:

  • Can’t remember why I went into the bathroom so I turn around and do something else.  Probably was looking for my keys.
  • Cant’ always remember people’s names.  Luckily my husband doesn’t notice I only call him “Dear”.
  • Can’t always remember if I’ve eaten.  In order to maintain health I go ahead and eat since I don’t want to take the chance of not fueling my body.

Now, thanks to this article I understand why I’m so good at problem solving.

Forgetting Is Part of Remembering

“It’s time for forgetting to get some respect, says Ben Storm, author of a new article on memory in Current Directions in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. “We need to rethink how we’re talking about forgetting and realize that under some conditions it actually does play an important role in the function of memory,” says Storm, who is a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

“People who are good at forgetting information they don’t need are also good at problem solving and at remembering something when they’re being distracted with other information. (So True) This shows that forgetting plays an important role in problem solving and memory, Storm says.”

“There are plenty of times when forgetting makes sense in daily life. Say you get a new cell phone and you have to get a new phone number, do you really want to remember your old phone number every time someone asks what your number is?(EXACTLY!) Storm asks. Or where you parked your car this morning — it’s important information today, but you’d better forget it when it comes time to go get your car for tomorrow afternoon’s commute.(RIGHT ON!) We need to be able to update our memory so we can remember and think about the things that are currently relevant.”

Hopefully, I remembered to post the entire article.  You can check by clicking here: Science Daily

4 thoughts on “Do You Remember if You Forget to Remember?

  1. This is very good…I often forget things…like will search for my specs with them hanging in my shirt..many such things..very many…I enjoyed this post very much..Judy…but one thing..not forgetting E & A…remember them always knowing that they are comfortable in your care having Max around..



    • Ramesh,
      Been researching the EASIEST and best way to get E & A into print. I’m so technologically limited. But just Today I found a potential download program. I have to get my blog into another format to do it and am not sure how to go. THe last time I tried to do it – a few months back – I ended up having to pay someone to fix what I did. I am not in a position right now to pay someone so I’m proceeding with caution.


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