Researchers at the University of Toronto have concluded that forgetfulness in people is not always a sign of something bad. If a person does not remember passwords from accounts, is not able to remember where he left the phone, or just constantly forgets his things, this may well indicate a high level of intelligence.
According to the study, people with good memory tend to forget the extra details. According to scientists, if a person memorizes everything, then it is difficult for him to make decisions, because too many competing data accumulate in his head, involved in the thought process. The brain of a smart enough person is arranged in such a way that he forgets the information he does not need, thereby facilitating the processes of thinking and decision making.
For example, if the brain forgets various minor details about the past event, but still remembers the wider picture, this allows the person to better use the existing experience as a whole, rather than remembering every minor detail.
“It is important for the brain to forget irrelevant details and instead focus on what will help make decisions in the real world,” said Professor Blake Richards, one of the research participants.
In other words, forgetting the details from time to time is not a sign of poor memory. Richards argues that the best way to store memories is to not remember everything. It becomes much more difficult to make a decision if at this moment the brain begins to sort through a lot of information.