Scientists prove that being forgetful could be a sign of higher intelligence

Must See 18/06/2019

If you are one who is often misplacing your keys, or forgetting something from the grocery shop or... wait, what are we talking about again!?

Oh yes, being forgetful!

There is some strong science, backed up by scientists, that have claimed that being forgetful could be a sign of high intelligence.

The study, conducted at the University of Toronto, concluded that having a memory that is somewhat lacking is not - as you might previously have thought - a bad thing.

They found that being able to remember a large amount of stuff might actually be overrated. This is great news for those of us who think themselves to be pretty smart, but sometimes leave their phone in the fridge or struggle to recall the last conversation they had.

"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." Professor Blake Richards, one of the publishers of the study, explained.

"We know that exercise increases the number of neurons in the hippocampus, but they're exactly those details from your life that don't actually matter, and that may be keeping you from making good decisions."

Forgetting the occasional thing is a function of a healthy brain. Professor Richards continued: "One of the things that distinguishes an environment where you're going to want to remember stuff versus an environment where you want to forget stuff is this question of how consistent the environment is and how likely things are to come back into your life."