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

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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.

A study by professors at the University of Toronto found that having a perfect memory might have nothing to do with your intelligence.

In fact, forgetting the occasional detail might even make you smarter.

Traditionally speaking, the person who remembers the most things is seen to be the smartest.

The study, however, found that forgetting the occasional detail is normal. In fact, remembering the big picture as opposed to little details is better for your brain and your safety, in the long run.

You see, our brains are actually a lot smarter than we think. Our brains are so smart that the hippocampus (where memories are stored) weeds out the most important details.

As CNN put it, this helps us to “optimize intelligent decision making by holding onto what’s important and letting go of what’s not.”

This theory makes sense when you think about how it’s more important to remember someone’s face than name.

Both might be ideal for social purposes, but if we were in the animal kingdom, remembering someone or something’s face as being a threat will keep us alive, as opposed to remembering their name.

The brain doesn’t just decide what is and important to remember, it actually retains new memories and overwrites old ones.

When a brain is too crowded with memories, they are more likely to conflict and interfere with efficient decision making.

By no means should anyone be forgetting everything, but it’s perfectly OK and healthy to overlook or forget a minor detail once in a while.

So the next time you forget something, just remember that it’s just your brain doing its job.

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