If you are like me and constantly forget where you put your cause, I walk into a room only to forget what the heck you went in there for — cheer up; science has confirmed that being forgetful is a sign of high intelligence!
As the theory goes, people who are highly intelligent tend to also be forgetful because their minds are too tied up thinking about and processing high-brow things. The researchers from the University of Toronto who studied this phenomenon say that if you remembered everything, then it would mean that you have a hard time making decisions because you would have so much competing data taking up your thought process.
The mind of a highly intelligent person “lets go” of unimportant things – like where are my glasses, or the name of a person you met once at a party two years ago — so that it can focus on data processing to make more urgent decisions or solve more pressing problems.
Professor Blake Richards, one of the publishers of the study, explained, “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.”
Essentially, the research suggests that forgetting details every now and again is not only not a problem; it is actually a sign of a healthy memory that works how it’s supposed to.
According to Richards, the best technique for storing memories is to not memorize absolutely everything. If you’re trying to make a decision, it will be impossible to do so if your brain is constantly being bombarded with useless information.
However, the researchers did point out that if people constantly forget important things, that could be a reason for concern.