Science: Being Forgetful Helps You Make Smarter Decisions

Being forgetful doesn’t make you stupid, science says. A new paper in the journal Neuron reveals forgetting is actually a key part of learning. One of the paper authors, Professor Blake Richards, explains, “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.” In other words, the brain is not malfunctioning when it forgets something, but rather it’s actively trying to ditch the memory so it can focus on something more important or create a picture that’s easier to understand. (