You know those people who always boast about having a perfect memory? Maybe they shouldn’t, because having a total recall is totally overrated. That’s according to a new paper in the journal Neuron, which concludes that forgetting things is not just normal, it actually makes us smarter.
Having a fast or accurate memory recall is certainly something that comes in handy at school when you’re doing something like learning multiplication tables. It can also be useful in the workplace when you’re trying to remember someone’s name.
With that said, forgetting names or fun facts happens to the best of us. However, when it happens, it’s not unusual to feel slightly dumb for having had a brain lapse.
After all, there is nothing worse than going to the grocery store and forgetting the most important thing you went in for in the first place.
If like the rest of us, you wonder why you sometimes forget seemingly easy things, the answer is that there is probably nothing wrong at all.
In fact, a study done by the Neuron Journal suggests that forgetting is actually a natural brain process that might actually even make you smarter at the end of the day.